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my sweet chestnut is not producing any ripe chestnuts

Hello, I have a sweet chestnut tree, a 'marron de lyon', which I planted about 10 years ago from a reputable supplier. It produces hundreds of flat, shrivelled chestnuts every year and only about 2 or 3 plump edible ones. It sits in a good location in clay soil near a compost heap and although the area is definitely not waterlogged, it is about 3 or 4 meters from a ditch, where its roots would able to access wet soil if they want to.
How can I make it produce more plump, ripe, edible chestnuts?
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Submitted: 09:14PM, 25 Oct 2016
Answer: Hi,

Thank you for contacting Yates. Chestnut trees require a second tree (of a different variety) to help with pollination, which will then give you well-filled nuts. So this explains why you haven’t been totally successful in harvesting plump nuts.

If you’ve got room, I recommend planting another variety, perhaps Winchester or Reilly?

Ensure you feed both trees well – Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food will help improve the soil, then follow up with Yates Thrive Natural Citrus & Food Liquid Plant Food when the plants are flowering.

Hope this helps!

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Answered: 10:01AM, 26 Oct 2016

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