Growing Oak Trees
Name: Gilles N.
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?
Here are a few helpful responses already on the web:
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.
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
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