One Thousand Chestnut Trees - a Whitetail Deer Project

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  1. THE LLC

    THE LLC Well-Known Member

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    This is the base of that one that died just recently. Can't tell much other than it's dried and black and did this in like two weeks.

    Dead Chestnut Base 8-31-19.JPG
     
  2. wbpdeer

    wbpdeer Well-Known Member

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    I was in Minnesota Thursday thru Monday visiting my daughter and running my yellow lab on Sunday. Been slow to get back to normal. I hope some one can give feedback on your tree's trunk condition. I have no experience or knowledge to share on what I see in that photo.

    Forum members that have experience with American Chestnuts might be able to shed some light on your tree's condition.

    Good luck.

    Wayne
     
  3. JohnL48

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    I'm about to plant 21 chestnut seedlings. I plan on using mulch around each tree but what are the thoughts on using weed barrier cloth ? I read not to use it
     
  4. wbpdeer

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    John

    I imagine you have already planted and done what you thought best. I have been 100% involved with my two labs - running them in MS and then hosting an event here in TN on Sept 28th. Getting all of the results filed with the national organization takes some time on the post event side.

    Sorry I wasn't timely.
     
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    No worries I got er done

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  6. THE LLC

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    Green grass and changing leaves. Must be nice to live where there is actually rain and normal weather.
     
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    I want to thank all the members on this forum that contribute and take time to share what they know works in our whitetail world. I am a lucky man who has a loving family that has always supported me in my wildlife pursuits. I will always remember my eureka moment riding my tractor pondering my upcoming retirement and what I would enjoy doing.

    It hit me like a ton of bricks and it was that moment that I knew I would distribute chinese chestnuts to habitat folks. I wanted to give back to the whitetail deer - 'cause the deer had given me years of fun and excitement. That project brought many friends into my life for which I am very thankful.

    I hope each of us leave the woods and habitat better off than we found it. I know I am burrowing the habitat from my son and grandson's generation. I pray that on this Christmas each of habitat friends enjoy good health and spend some time with loved ones.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. I have two rules that my grandson and I always review before we leave the truck on each deer hunting sit - 1. Be Safe and 2. Have Fun while we chase the big bucks.

    Wayne along with Scotty and Perry
     
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  8. BoneCrusher20

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    I see this thread is mostly relating to Chinese chestnuts. Wonder if anyone has had luck with them in the cooler zones. 4a by me and I've been told no option of blight resistant Chestnut including Chinese will work here.

    Would love to add variety to my land but not sure if anyone has had luck


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    Minnesota is the least likely IMO. I have some people that had luck in southern Wisconsin and southern Michigan.

    I would want a north screen to protect against the cold winter wind from the north. CC need full sun and well drained.

    If you can't find anyone that has local trees that is the tell - there is a reason why. In the extreme regions a tree may have 3 or 4 years but then a murderous winter gets them or almost gets them and the next winter shuts in down.

    I am lucky to live in 7A growing region.

    Merry Christmas BoneCrusher.
     
  10. catscratch

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    Merry Christmas Wayne!
     
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    I already have 80 3 gal chestnut trees in the ground this month that i started from seed feb '19

    Bout to start 5th year in 2020 growing them from seed

    I love all things Castanea..........

    bill
     
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  12. TreeFan

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    I have 4 properties 15 miles south of the 45th parallel, northern Michigan, zone 5. My neighbor has chestnuts that are 35 to 40 years old with unknown origin, but I am guessing they are Chinese. I have grown some of them and also American Hybrid, Dunstan, and Italian chestnuts.
    Neighbor's Chestnuts are winter hardy.
    American hybrid from Oikos nursery in Michigan are winter hardy - one got blight
    Dunstans from Chestnut Ridge, have some winter die back so far. This is my 3rd year of growing them from seed. Year one (2017) I planted six month old trees out in the field and they had winter die back and resprouted. So did some of the oaks I planted. 2 year old trees from 2017 hardened off much better this year and were planted out this fall.
    Italian chestnuts are definitely southern climate trees and have had almost total winter die back and then resprouted and survive.
    Last year I had a timbur harvest and removed a lot of thermal cover causing die back. Part of the harvest was to create a south facing ridge with 85% full sun and that is where I planted 10 or so, 2 year old Dunstans and an Italian avoiding north winds.
    3 years ago, I began growing seedlings in my backyard in metro Detroit area - 200 miles south, and still had some winter die back on Dunstans there along with some oaks.
    I stopped fertilizing after July as trees will harden off better that way.
    I used to plant in the spring, but now I plant primarily in fall as the rainy season approaches in September. This avoids Spring frosts in Northern climate. We also have lots of ticks in Spring now. That was not the case 8 years ago and prior.
     
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    I would get chestnuts from the Neighbor's trees. Grow them in pots in the yard and plant in the fall. Fall planting allows the roots to get settled in before a hot season. His are winter hardy. You are too far north for tender type of chestnuts to do well. They might do well until your first horrible winter hits them.

    My 2 cents...
     
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