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Name: Jamie
Status: other
Age: 30s
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Date: 8/31/2004


Question:
Hello I am working on a fun project with my children and we are wondering if we plant acorns from an oak tree, if they will typically produce another tree. If so, what would we need to know regarding planting depth, soil, etc. I am having a hard time finding info on this on the web.


Replies:
Dear Jamie,

If you plant acorns, they will produce another tree. However, be prepared for a low number of successes. Many acorns may be infertile or have some pest that has eaten out the inside of an acorn. I have seen acorns germinate on the soil surface, so I would recommend placing the seeds half-submerged in a moist soil or potting mix more because you should be able to see the seeds sprout. A soil similar to where the acorns have been harvested would be good, otherwise a standard potting soil. Because the acorn is a large seed and has a lot of nutrients and energy stored, the seedlingd should not be too demanding.

Have fun,

Jim Tokuhisa


Depending upon the species (kind) of oak tree, the following might be helpful:

http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/hortline/messages/3341.shtml

http://phytosphere.com/oakplanting/acorns.htm

http://www.californiaoaks.org/ExtAssets/careacornssec.pdf

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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