Plant Care Chinese Chestnut

Chinese Chestnut

About Chinese Chestnut

Chinese Chestnut is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging 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.

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

Chinese Chestnut belongs to the Castanea genus, and is native to China to North Korea.


Castanea mollissima

How to care for Chinese Chestnut

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Chestnut

Water needs for Chinese Chestnut
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese 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 Chinese Chestnut

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Chestnut in your home

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

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

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

Chinese Chestnut does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Chestnut

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese 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 Chinese Chestnut after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Chinese Chestnut is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Chestnut →

Common Chinese Chestnut Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Chinese 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.

Chinese Chestnut Water Frequency →

Chinese Chestnut Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese 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 🏡.

Chinese Chestnut Light Requirements →

Chinese Chestnut Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Chinese Chestnut Toxicity to Cats →

Chinese Chestnut Toxicity to Dogs →

Chinese Chestnut Toxicity to Humans →

🪴 Soil

Chinese 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!

Best Soil Mix for Chinese Chestnut →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Chestnut →

💩 Fertilizer

Chinese 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 Chinese Chestnut →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Chestnut will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Chinese Chestnut →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Chinese 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 Chinese Chestnut

Chinese Chestnut

Chinese 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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