Plant Care American Chestnut

American Chestnut

About American Chestnut

American Chestnut is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is a fun challenge to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

American Chestnut likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

American Chestnut belongs to the Castanea genus, and is native to Eastern Canada to the Northern Central and Eastern United States.


Castanea dentata

How to care for American Chestnut

💦 Water

How often to water your American Chestnut

Water needs for American Chestnut
0.5 cups
every 9

American Chestnut needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of American Chestnut

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for American Chestnut in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Chestnut: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Chestnut love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Chestnut does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American Chestnut in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize American Chestnut

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Chestnut: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Chestnut after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

American Chestnut can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing American Chestnut →

Common American Chestnut Problems →

💦 Water Needs

American Chestnut prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

American Chestnut Water Frequency →

American Chestnut Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

American Chestnut requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

American Chestnut Light Requirements →

American Chestnut Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

American Chestnut is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

🪴 Soil

American Chestnut does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot American Chestnut →

💩 Fertilizer

American Chestnut grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize American Chestnut →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

American Chestnut grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune American Chestnut →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
American Chestnut can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

American Chestnut Temperature Tolerance →

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for American Chestnut

American Chestnut

American Chestnut

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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