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Plant chestnut trees - this is how it's done!


Planting fruit trees in the garden is a true classic. Why not plant a chestnut tree? There is a suitable variety for even small gardens.

The flowers of a chestnut

Having trees in the garden is wonderful. They provide shade, are by our side for a lifetime and delight us with their bright colors in autumn. In addition, depending on the type of tree, they bloom wonderfully or they have great fruits. Fruit trees are still the top priority for garden owners. This is followed by coniferous and deciduous trees. A deciduous tree that e.g. The chestnut (Castanea) is finding its way into the gardens more and more often.

If you are thinking about getting a tree like this, you have to make sure that a chestnut can be very expansive. The average height is 25 meters! So a tree is really only for large gardens. But there are also chestnuts that are not too big and are therefore also suitable for smaller gardens. This includes, for example, the red flowering chestnut. It is 10 meters high on average. And the shrub horse chestnut is “only” 4 meters high. Which is already impressive. As you can see, everyone can own a chestnut tree.

By the way:

Did you know why the horse chestnut is called like a horse? Because it was recognized very early on that chestnuts can be used to heal horse diseases.

Important information on choosing a location

Before you plant a chestnut in your garden, you first have to check whether you can find a place where the tree has enough space. Not only at a young age, but also later when it grows. You should also know that chestnuts are not trees that are comfortable on house walls.

When choosing the location, also consider that the tree needs a lot of light. The place should therefore be nice and sunny, because too little sun inhibits growth and flower formation. In addition, the soil must be deep and permeable.

How to plant a chestnut properly

1If you bought a sapling in the garden store, water the root ball extensively before planting it outdoors. 12 hours in a jar full of water should be enough.

2Now you have to swing the spade. Dig a planting hole three times the size of the root ball.

3To ensure that the tree is well cared for from the start, put some mature compost in the planting hole. Then the chestnut comes into the hole.

4Now you can close the hole again by filling it with the excavation.

5Then form a pouring rim and completely pinch the roots. This closes the cavities and air holes in the floor.

6Elder chestnuts usually provide themselves with water. The freshly planted chestnut, however, always needs some water to grow. The floor must not dry out. So water the sap regularly.

In addition, it always makes sense to fertilize young chestnut trees so that they develop well. So spread some fertilizer in spring and late summer. You can e.g. put on compost or horn shavings.

Important:

Freshly planted chestnut trees still need some protection in winter. It is best to spread brushwood, bark mulch or grass clippings around the tree to protect the roots from frost.