Having successfully grown a few horse (non-edible) chestnut (and oaks
and other varieties) trees over the last 40 years or so I was happy on
one occasion to find a few edible chestnuts in a local s.market that
had begun to sprout. Bought them and was able to get two or three
small chestnut trees to start growing.
That was some 12 to 15 years ago.
However due to neglect during illness in the family including the
death of my late wife in 1997, the seedlings perished.
Each year since have looked for edible chestnuts (especially any that
were starting to sprout) leading up to Christmas and today have phoned
several local emporium; none advise they will be having any edible
chestnuts for Christmas.
Googled; but not much info. there (one source of edible Italian
chestnuts is out of stock but will advise).
Would very much like to plant North American sourced chestnuts since
they will probably be more suited to our climate and eventually do
Speaking of climate; we have a long chilly but not extremely cold
winter here (Eastern Canada); and it does seem to be getting milder
(Global warming etc.).
Can anybody suggest a source of say a dozen or so edible American
chestnuts (probably quarter of a pound?) with a high likelihood of
Might be able to get two or three viable trees? When hardened off then
plant them with members of the family in memory of my late wife.
Any info. be much appreciated. terry in Newfoundland, Eastern Canada.
PS. Recently after reading an article about being carbon neutral went
out and counted the number of trees we have planted and grown up
around this property (there were none when we arrived and built on
this old potato field!); about half an acre for our and one
It was around 70. Plus a few that we had given immediate neighbours
etc. That few included a couple of horse chestnuts. Which are growing
slowly but steadily. A number of oak trees have this year for almost
the first time produced a significant number of acorns. Planting those
will, hopefully, produce yet another generation of trees!