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Name: Gilles N.
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1999-2001 


Question:
How do I grow an oak tree from an acorn? I have an oak tree in my yard which has produced acorns. They are still lying on the ground after the snow has melted. How would like to know, if I can use these acorns to grow oak trees. If so, how do I do that?


Replies:
Here are a few helpful responses already on the web:

http://www.bio.net//hypermail/PLANT-BIOLOGY /plantbio.199305/0070.html

http://www.bio.net//hypermail/PLANT-EDUCATION/ plant-ed.199808/0025.html

http://www.bio.net//hypermail/PLANT-BIOLOGY/ plantbio.199709/0157.html

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.


This is similar to another question NEWTON BBS was asked this week. Basically the same answer:

Contact one or more of the following: a local commercial nursery, a professional tree service, an agricultural extension service (either affiliated with a local university, a county, or with the U.S. Department of Agriculture), a conservation group like the Sierra Club, search the internet for clubs and organizations devoted to trees.

Good Luck

Vince Calder


Acorns sprout like other seeds, if they are still viable. Many acorns are host to weevils and other insects, so if they have small holes, decay, or seem unusually soft or light they are probably not viable. Sound acorns can be planted just under the soil, you can start them in a pot or in a protected place outdoors but many animals will still be looking for them for food. Keep the soil moist and see what happens - it is hard to say how many might sprout.

J. Elliott



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