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.

Taxonomy

Castanea dentata
Castanea
Fagaceae
Fagales

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 located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for American Chestnut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Growing American Chestnut in Pittsburgh right now

Light needs for plant American Chestnut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

February 5th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Pittsburgh is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant American Chestnut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sunlight will increase by 45.2% ☀️

February 6th, 2023

Pittsburgh is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Pittsburgh is expected to increase by 45.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.6 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant American Chestnut in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Daylight will increase by 1.3 hours 📈

February 7th, 2023

This month, Pittsburgh is getting an average of 5.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.7 total hours of …

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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 ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⛅.

American Chestnut does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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!


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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for American Chestnut

American Chestnut

American Chestnut


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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