A cultivar from Red Fern Farm in Iowa in zone 5b. Reliable heavy bearer of large to extra-large nuts. Suspected to be primarily Chinese genetics. Comes from the “Ackerman population” where many popular cold hardy chestnut cultivars originated. Recommended for northern plantings up to zone 4. In an orchard where it is pollinated by other good producers with good nut qualities.
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We are dedicated to ethically reforesting degraded lands in the eastern United States with improved trees from exceptional parents.
The Future is Now
Our propagation systems have been designed to maximize the quality and transplantability of the trees we offer. Ever trialing and iterating, we are thrilled to offer vigorous trees ready to thrive in their forever home.
Air-pruning raised beds
With hardware cloth on the bottom of the bed, the tap root reaches down 8-14 inches, touches air, and stops growing. Instead of continuing down, the root system becomes fibrous, leading to a healthy and easy to transplant seedling. The added benefit of growing trees in a raised bed is that we can protect them from rodent damage. Squirrels and chipmunks looking for nuts can destroy an incredible number of trees in a short period of time. We put framed hardware cloth tops on our beds to keep every tree safe. In an air-pruned raised bed, the roots have space to grow into the healthy, fibrous system we want it to be. The watering needs of a potted plant can be immense, while we seldom have to water trees growing in beds of rich high-organic matter soil.
Cost is one last benefit to bare-root plants, as no one has to pay for the pot and soil that come with potted plants and shipping costs are greatly reduced as well.