Any chestnut tree experts?

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  1. Cannon06

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    I got these 3 Dustan Chestnuts from a chestnut tree farm this spring. Looking for feedback on how they look so far. I'd like to know when I could confidently leave them on site at my property without me looking after them daily. I know I probably need to put a shield on them, but generally how old would they need to be for me to plant in the wild? Thanks in advance. 20190617_113054.jpg
     
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    Looking at the size you have I would put grow tubes on them and plant this winter. Keep the tubes on them in the wild to keep deer from making rubs out of them.

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    Am I looking at die back in a couple of them? Bhr1 is right, good grow tubes. With that sturdy staking at planting to handle wind and welded wire fencing staked down. I use 2" x 4" x 48" in a 4' diameter . Now with all that I lost one because a mouse got into the tube and made a nest,then girded the tree. So as they get 2 or 3 and out of the tube I use hardware cloth 1/4 x 1/4" x 3 ft' this allows you to mulch and the tube keeps the mulch away from the trunk. If you worry about watering the bigger deer fencing gives good area to place full gal. Milk jugs with pin holes. Like a soaker hose. Sounds like a lot of work but it's pretty much one and done. You'll always need the fencing. The mouse guard until a hardened bark forms in several years. They will need pruning . Mine started producing the first year planted, just a few put by 4 years just packed.
    I have another 7 ft one my son inlaw picked up for me to go pick up. It will need to be covered and laid flat in hubbys truck to get it the hour and half drive home. I need to go dig a hole for the 3 gal. pot. Watch your spacing they get big and wide crowns. But they need to be close enough to wind pollinate. Deer LOVE to eat the branches.
    i will now have 4 Dunstan and 1 chinese in my tree plot then in the upper plot I have 1 Dunstan and 4 chinese. Unlike my 200 red oak I know I'll have chestnuts every single year(on the Dunstan). Shot my bow buck leaving the chestnuts last year.
     
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    Ps...tent caterpillars and others love them as well.
     
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    Any suggestions to keep insects from eating the leaves? Sprays or home remedies?
     
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    I use Sevin spray and to rid the area of tent caterpillars and Japanese beetle grubs Sevin granules...though that can be problematic for your earth worms so traps if you can be around to empty them.
     

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