Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow 1-2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: can be fall sown without stratification.
Introducing the Castanea mollissima 'Select Cultivars' Chinese Chestnut, a tree that provides not only an excellent and nutritious food source, but also a successful resistance to chestnut blight, making it a valuable addition to any garden or orchard. These trees can fruit in 5-7 years from seed, with yields of up to 60 kilos per tree. The peel of the seed comes off easily, making for easy preparation. Chinese chestnuts have evolved over time to resist chestnut blight more than any other species of chestnut. They also provide a food source for wildlife. These decidious trees grow to be 25 meters tall, are hardy to zone 4, and can grow in a variety of soil types. They flower in July, with seeds ripening in October. These trees can even tolerate drought and semi-shade. Invest in the Castanea mollissima 'Select Cultivars' for a valuable food and ecological resource.