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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Sep 2, 2011 6:11 PM CST
My DH picked up some acorns the other day, and we were thinking we'd like to see if we can grow them. Has anyone ever done this? Recommendations for best method of propogation? Plant outside now, or in spring? (I know, they have been growing themselves forever, but we don't have an oak tree on our property and we'd like to!). Thanks in advance...

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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 2, 2011 10:16 PM CST
Well I haven't done it on purpose but the White and Red oak trees we have drop acorns in my garden, then they get into the mulch -- sure enough as I get in there and pull weeds, inevitably I pull up a little tree with an acorn attached on the bottom!!!

Next time I will have to put it in a pot of Soil and see what happens!

Have fun with it!!
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Name: Jamie R
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JaeRae
Sep 5, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Boy, I don't need anymore either! But, along with the trees themselves, the squirrels plant many more for me each year that pop up all over the next season. They don't plan very well either!!!!

Seriously though, I would not winter them indoors. I think try this: rake them together and let them lie to dry out a bit if they're green yet, then dig a short hole where you want a tree that can accommodate a bunch of them. Before planting, soak them for an hour or two, then dump the whole slew into the hole and cover it with soil. Consider putting a wire mesh cage over it to keep it from becoming a squirrel buffet.

Likely you will have enough popping up by late spring next year to get a mighty oak and if there are several, you could pot some (gently with acorn) up in small pots to begin to develop roots for transplanting.
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skellogg
Sep 5, 2011 10:54 PM CST
Haven't tried rooting oaks, but am trying now to root a cherry tree and a pear tree using cuttings. We'll see Whistling
Name: Jamie R
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JaeRae
Sep 6, 2011 12:33 AM CST
Both of those should do fine from cuttings. That works well on pussy willow and forsynthia too. Don't know about oaks though. They sure do grow from buried acorns!

Anectdote: Last year the oaks were particularly prolific (I think they do that at times when the winter will be especially long) and I had so many in my driveway and walkway that it was dangerous. I kept almost falling down because them (long time since I roller skated Hilarious! ) so I saw to raking them up. I had such a huge pile that I hauled some to the leaf disposal area in the woods. I saved a whole big bin of them though thinking about holiday crafts but the snow flew while I was still trying to get overwintering plants in and I never felt like hauling the bin. I'd notice the level in the bin going down as I passed it whenever I took the dawg out and since it was a hard winter I was amused that I had inadvertantly provided the critters with a lunchenette. Overtime the bin was emptied of everything but scraps. Late spring I found little oak trees all over the place. If I make the squirrels a diner this year, it will be much closer to the woods. Hilarious!
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Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Sep 6, 2011 7:48 AM CST
Cant imagine how you would have faired with a black walnut tree??? Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling My cartoon bubble has you rollerblading on those!
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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Sep 6, 2011 1:26 PM CST
Thank you for all the good information, Jamie. We'll give it a try!
Name: Jamie R
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JaeRae
Sep 6, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Christine27360 said:Cant imagine how you would have faired with a black walnut tree??? Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling My cartoon bubble has you rollerblading on those!


Hilarious! Have them too...but not on concrete!

Good luck Brenda!

Hilarious!
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Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Sep 7, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Thank you!
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echoes
Sep 13, 2011 2:38 PM CST
http://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/ArbOverview/FAQs1.htm#Acorn...

If you decide to grow some in pots, watch that the tap root doesn't grow through the bottom into the ground or it will break when you move it.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Sep 14, 2011 8:14 PM CST
Hey -- very cool!!! Thumbs up
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Sep 16, 2011 8:40 AM CST
Echoes, great link! Thank you for that!

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