Saturday, 21 September 2013

Nut crazy

It is known by so many names: Edelkastanie, Maroni, chestnut and berangan. Looking at its huge nut bring back a fond memory of late autumn/winter time in Europe whereby roasted chestnut was sold at the roadside. It is really nice to have something warm to eat while walking in a cold day. Anyway I’m crazy about some type of nut (hazelnut, pecan, pistachio, walnut, almond, cashew and macadamia), tolerate it (ground nut) and absolutely hate it (pine nut).

A few months ago i bought fresh chestnut from China in Mydin. (It is different from European and locally grown chestnut). I save 5 seeds in the fridge and after a few days it show sign of germination. I sow that seeds in  perlite, it germinates very fast, and one was partially eaten by ants and demise after a few days. The ones that make it grow very fast. I have to pinch the shoot to encourage the lateral growth and prevent it from getting too tall.

I gave 2 to my best friend because chestnut needs 2 trees for pollination to occur. I hope it will not require chilling hour before it can bloom and bear fruit.
A week old

Huge nut
2 months later