Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners



When chestnuts fall from the tree, collect the burs and lay out on screens or boards until they split into several sections. Discard the bur and save the nut inside.

The soft nuts should be cured for two weeks on screens, with warm circulating air. Avoid placing the nut in an open garage that may invite squirrel pirates. Skins will be hard when cured and nuts firm.


Chestnuts are ripe when the burs start falling from the tree. Burs remaining on the tree can be twisted off, though a leather glove is recommended for use since the burs are sharp and spiny.

Burs can be collected; as they dry, they will split into sections, exposing the nuts inside.

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