Harvesting Chestnut Trees: When And How To Harvest Chestnuts

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Chestnut trees are attractive trees that prefer chilly winters and warm summers. In the United States, chestnuts are suitable for growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture planting zones 4 through 9. The trees produce generous quantities of flavorful, nutrition-rich nuts inside spiny hulls, commonly known as burs. Want to know how to harvest chestnuts? Keep reading! Chestnut Harvest Time When to harvest chestnuts? Chestnuts don’t ripen at the same time and chestnut harvest time can span as much as five weeks, although the nuts generally ripen in a 10- to 30-day span of time in late August and September. Allow the nuts to fall from the tree naturally. Don’t pick the nuts, which may damage the branches; and don’t shake the tree, which may cause immature nuts to drop. The best way to harvest chestnuts is to gather the nuts after


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