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