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Aesculus hippocastanum

Common name(s): Horse Chestnut, Chestnut, Bongay, European Horse Chestnut

Plant type: deciduous medium tree
Primary method of propagation: seed
Alternate propagation method(s): grafting/budding

Propagation by Seed

Time of year to collect seed: Autumn
Time of year to sow seed: Summer
Seed treatment: stratify 50F 4-5 months.
Preferred temperature for germination: 70-85 degrees F
Time required for germination: 3-4 weeks
Comment: Seeds should be sown 2 inches apart in rows 6 inches apart, and covered with 1-2 inches of soil.

Propagation by Grafting

Time of year to graft: late Winter
Type of graft: side graft, side veneer graft
Rootstock: Aesculus hippocastanum