Monthly Archives: February 2015

Baby White Oaks

This past fall was the year most of the giant white oaks around here dropped their acorns.  Since they only do this every 2 or 3 years, I gathered a few hundred of the acorns – at least half of them after they started to sprout all over the ground.  For many of those acorns sprouting all over the place, I walked thru the woods and planted them here and there, giving them a chance to grow – they won’t be able to grow up under the big trees in the yard where they  sprouted..  For the chosen few hundred, I have them rooting in pots.

This is one of them.  They send out roots first and then a few months later they send up the tree.  This little sprout has the potential to grow into 60+ foot beauties.

white oak sprout

In 50 years or so, maybe this little guy will look like this:

white oak

I haven’t tried to grow so many oak seedling before, so I’ll have to see how it goes.  I have stacks of used greenhouse tree pots and I make my own potting soil using bags of cheap, sandy ‘compost’, black-cow compost, bags of commercial pine and hardwood mulch that has been in the bag and composting for a few years, and add some vermiculite and perilite.  I also now add Azomite to my potting soil.

We don’t have a very large population of squirrels around here, so the few hundred acorns that I sprout shouldn’t affect them much.

The red oak acorns, mostly turkey oaks and water oaks, are chilling in moist peat moss in the refrigerator until this spring.

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The Cactus Shelf

Finally got the greenhouse just about all set up, 2 years after we moved!  This is a shot of my cactus shelf.

cactus shelf

Some are started from seed and some are propagated by cuttings from larger cactus.  Love those little cactus.  This is the baby cactus shelf, the larger cactus are sitting around the green house.

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Buckeyes Have Sprouted

Two of the six buckeye seeds that I planted last fall have sprouted.  This is the nicest one, the other one has small red leaves still twisted and compacted, not yet opened.  I hope I didn’t damage the other buckeye when I had to cut it out of it’s plastic seedling pot when the root grew thru a hole.

buckeye seedlings

These buckeyes have enormous roots – many times thicker than the plant stem.  That is probably to be expected as the buckeye seed is so large.  Note to self:  next year when I look for more buckeyes to plant, closely monitor the root development so they don’t grow out of the bottom of the pot, actually just go ahead and use my deepest seedling pots.

Not the best picture, but here it is.

buckeye roots

As soon as danger of any real frost is over, in a month or 2, I need to get these seedlings planted in their final location.  Such a neat plant.

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