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#3605875 - 03/03/14 03:08 PM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: Ballerski]
Ballerski
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#3606370 - 03/03/14 09:26 PM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: Ballerski]
TNlandowner
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Last year, I grew 35 Dunstan Chestnut trees using Rootmaker starter trays and 3 gal rootmaker pots. Last week, after 1-year potted start, I planted them around my farm. The root balls were awesome! This is certainly a valid way to get these trees off to a great start. I kept a journal of the progress if you're interested.

This year, I'm trying a new technique. I placed 2" of small stones in a 5 gallon bucket. Next, I cut vented tree tubes into three equal sections. I placed the tubes into the bucket and filled them with Fafard 52 mix. After keeping the seed in the fridge for two months, I placed them in the tubes and lightly watered. I've had great germination so far.
My goal is to create air pruned roots similar to the RM method. However, I didn't want to have to transplant to the 3 gallon containers.
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#3606605 - 03/04/14 08:32 AM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: TNlandowner]
Ballerski
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After starting from seed...how soon did you move the trees outside? Mine are about 4 weeks old and about 8-12" tall.
 Originally Posted By: TNlandowner
Last year, I grew 35 Dunstan Chestnut trees using Rootmaker starter trays and 3 gal rootmaker pots. Last week, after 1-year potted start, I planted them around my farm. The root balls were awesome! This is certainly a valid way to get these trees off to a great start. I kept a journal of the progress if you're interested.

This year, I'm trying a new technique. I placed 2" of small stones in a 5 gallon bucket. Next, I cut vented tree tubes into three equal sections. I placed the tubes into the bucket and filled them with Fafard 52 mix. After keeping the seed in the fridge for two months, I placed them in the tubes and lightly watered. I've had great germination so far.
My goal is to create air pruned roots similar to the RM method. However, I didn't want to have to transplant to the 3 gallon containers.

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#3608656 - 03/06/14 08:21 AM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: Ballerski]
TNlandowner
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I would keep them indoors until after the last chance of frost.

When I moved mine outdoors, I kept them under a lean-to through the first summer. They had morning sun, but shade in the afternoon. They grew nearly 4' tall. I then moved them into my garage over the winter. Planted them in the ground a few weeks ago. (Approximately 1 year old seedlings).

my email is jim.holder@tds.net

I'm happy to send my journal along for anyone wanting to read a summary of my efforts.
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"Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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#3609786 - 03/07/14 12:29 PM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: TNlandowner]
Ballerski
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Thanks. These trees are growing like weeds. Probably put 4" of growth on since Monday. I plan on transfering them to a 3 gallon container this weekend.
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#3678425 - 05/27/14 01:08 PM Re: Dunstan Chestnuts & Tree Tubes [Re: Ballerski]
Legnip
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Well the tree tubes worked. I've got +/- 14 chestnut trees growing now. I had 2 failures. One the tube fell over and the other had the tube up off the ground. The tallest is about mid-thigh, but most are around the knee. I can't wait for them to poke out the top.
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