Improved chestnut cultivars are a sound investment

Event date: 2017-01-20

In todays market, all commercial fruit and nut tree orchards should be established with cultivars that have been selected by horticulturalists for superior qualities. These cultivars are not produced through seed, but are cloned by grafting or budding onto seedlings that will support the chosen cultivar. In this manner, a single tree with beneficial traits can be copied millions of times by simply cutting small branches from the chosen tree and attaching it onto the stem of planted seedlings. Conversely, seedlings are the result of sexual recombination between a known mother tree and an unknown father, resulting in endless variability and unreliable characteristics, making them suboptimal for commercial production.

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