Mariton: Chestnut Update

May 29, 2014

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager

Chestnut Seedling

You may recall that Mike and Kieu Manes planted several American Chestnut seeds one month ago.  I found several Chestnut seedlings when I checked the protective tubes.  The three of us are  optimistic, but realize that the odds are stacked against our little babies.  So, any that actually sprout and bear leaves are progress.  There are several tubes that are empty, but there is still time for those seeds to sprout.  I will keep readers informed of the progress.  Mike and Kieu also planted seeds that they collected at  our Bear Creek and Diabase Preserves.