I've planted quite a few Americans the past 2 years. some from Itasca, some I started from seed from Indiana Larry. a mix of cages and tubes at the farm. even held a half dozen back at home in a mix of roottrappers and root makers. all are dead to my knowledge. my dad did keep 3 from Itasca and planted at his house and they survived. tough tree to figure out.
Here's what I keep coming back to every time I start considering buying them. On realtree's nursery site, it says in 10 years they can produce 10-25 lbs. Now, you know the numbers they are using are in ideal conditions and they are talking top end range. So, if I plant 10 of them, in 10 years, I'd be extremely lucky to produce 100 lbs of chestnuts. Now, $300 isn't a bank breaker, but, for the time and $300, I can do a lot of stuff that will produce a heck of a lot more than 100lbs of food, and I won't have to wait 10 years to see those levels.
That said, I'm extremely tempted to grow a bunch from seed and likely will start on that within the next few years...$20 for a lbs of seed I can see being worth it, just to add another attractant, even if it will never be enough to make a big nutritional difference.
Just my thoughts/how I work things through in my twisted little mind.
Here's a few shots of my 3 Dunstan Chestnuts today. Come a long way in 2 weeks. They are very well leafed out now. Again these were bought as seedlings from chestnut hill farms in 2012. I put them in 7 gallon roottrapper bags for the first year, they were kept in my garden at home and I spoiled them with plenty of water and composted manure. They were spring planted in 2013. Here they are a little over a year later (2nd year on the farm, 3 year old tree).
Looks like we did have a little tip die back but not much. Tree's look great in my opinion. The fact they survived this past winter means they should be good to go!
I going to sit tight for now on purchasing any as I have to get with Steve on my property evaluation and see what he has to say. I have been busy with getting my boy graduated and all from High School some my timing with Steve has been pushed back. No point in planting trees to find out I put them in the wrong spot! There is always next year.
Just transferred my dunstans that I had started in the basement this winter into 7 gallons. I noticed that they had started to look a little pale and didn't carry that healthy green sheen it once had. IS that a sign of the roots outgrowing the old root trappers? I have bur oaks as well, with one or two of them looking nice and dark green with new growth being a rich dark red, which I assume is what I want, whereas the rest are looking a little pale as well. Will be transferring them into the 7 gallons once I get the time to do so. Could they possibly be nutrient deprived from maxing out the peat moss capacity in the smaller rootmaker bags?
Here are the dunstans. I think they've done well so far and hopefully can continue to thrive. We just need the sun to finally appear!