Position – The Malabar chestnut tree requires bright light but not direct sunlight. It will tolerate partial shade with temperatures of between 12 and 25°C. This tree thrives both in potting soil and in a hydroponic system.
Size – Chestnut trees can grow to a height of 7 mts with a spread of 3 mts. They are popularly grown as bonsai trees.
Soil – Chestnut trees grow well in typical potting soil, requiring sandy, loamy soil with good drainage. They thrive in acidic soil with a pH of between 4.5 and 6.5.
Mulch – Mulching is essential to preserve moisture in the soil. Mulching also prevents competitive weeds—mulch with crushed, dry leaves or acid compost.
Harvesting – Chestnuts are one of the most accessible nuts to harvest. Wait for the chestnuts to fall to the ground. Gather the nuts with open burrs and remove the nuts from the burrs. Store the chestnuts in airtight containers and enjoy.