On a lighter note


Eila’s been gathering horse chestnuts, something that’s never happened in California (though I don’t know why not — maybe chestnuts are like peonies and can’t grow without frost?)  Anyway she wants to grow a chestnut tree.  Anyone know how to make a conker sprout?


9 thoughts on “On a lighter note

  1. Actually I really have no idea, but I would stick it in a pot with some excellent soil, buried, keeping it moist, and put it under a sunlamp.

  2. No you can’t eat these! These are conkers off the street, not those wonderful European chestnuts old guys sell outside the ROM. (But I know the picture looked delicious, and was, in fact, inspired by you — your pics are mouth watering even for a food hater like me.)

    Sandor, they fall of the trees in late fall. So the ones that find their way to the ground go through a period of dormancy. Do they need this period? Do I leave the pot out for the winter? And which way is up, anyway? It’s not so easy as you might think. Or anyway i don’t know.

  3. THE OLD GUYS OUTSIDE THE ROM!!!!!!!!! Okay, seriously, you made me choke up remembering those guys. They used to wait outside of Huron public when i was little and you could buy a bag of chestnuts for 25 cents. And remember that twisty red candy from the stuff they used to make the candy apples?

    Anyway, I might look up the instructions for making avocado pits sprout. Might be similar? I seem to remember toothpicks and jars of water…

  4. hmmm, yeah, i was going to say that maybe you grow them like avocadoes.

    and btw, while I’m familiar with the gianormous chestnuts from living in Hamilton, I never did quite understand the ‘conkers’ part. How do you make them into conkers? How do you play that? Are you going to show Eila that?

  5. Yes I so remember the twisted red candy!! This is totally the thing to remember!! Where are those guys now? Why aren’t they still there?

    Avocado pits, maybe. But they certainly don’t need to lie in the ground for a winter…

    You make a conker by nailing a hole through, putting stout twine in, and then tying the twine up to itself. Then you bash them at other people’s conkers, as you probably know. Eila would like this game way too much I’m thinking.

  6. Okay, I get it that you want an idea of when it will sprout because you need some facts around which to set up a net of expectations, but I’m sorry, toothpicks and water, or asking questions like which side is up–these approaches are not on. this is Mother Nature we’re talking about. Stick it in some earth and open yourselves to the mystery.

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