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Re: [nafex] Re: chestnuts

At 08:12 PM 03/07/2002 +0000, Mark wrote:
>I also would like to hear advice on the subject of chestnuts.  I have
>2 trees.  One is from a nursery in South Dakota and was planted as a
>seedling in 1984.  The other was started from seed from a local
>(Seattle) tree in 1986.  The past two seasons, one of the trees has
>produced blanks (no nuts inside).  That is all these trees have ever
>produced.  Is it possible they are both sterile?  There is a huge
>chestnut tree a few houses away that produces, so my climate/location
>is not the problem.

I don't pretend to be an expert on chestnuts, but some selections are 
better pollenizers than others, while some(I think Colossal is one) are 
actually pollen-sterile.  Even if both your trees are producing viable 
pollen, if their pollen shed/nutlet receptivity periods don't overlap 
adequately, you won't get nuts that fill.
Some of the other list members with more experience may be able to 
elucidate further.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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