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Seed storage and pretreatment for Castanea sativa

Common nameChestnut (Sweet)
Scientific nameCastanea sativa
Storage characteristicsRecalcitrantb
Storage moisture content and temperatureStore moist @ 4C
Dormancy characteristics-
Pretreatment method-
Efficacy of pretreatment / remarks-
Approximate date to initiate artificial pre-treatment (for 1 March sowing)-


Storage characteristics

Recalcitrant - seeds that cannot be dried or frozen and are therefore short-lived.

b Maximum advisable storage c. 18-24 weeks in non-drying conditions @ 0C

Practice Guide

CoverRaising Trees and Shrubs from Seed (PDF-648K)

Forestry Commission Practice Guide 18.