Growing Oaks from Acorns - Knowledgebase Question

Richardson, TX
Question by hstout
November 21, 1997
I want to grow a red oak from acorn. Do I need to do anything special to prepare the acorn or do I just plant it?


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Answer from NGA
November 21, 1997

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Quercus rubra, or Northern Red Oak, can be grown from an acorn with the following treatment:

Store in the refrigerator for 30 - 45 days in moist sand or sand and peat. This process is called stratification and allows the seed to go through dormancy before it germinates. During this treatment the acorn should swell and the outer seed coat should split. Once the seed has germinated it can be planted outdoors. Try to time this treatment so you can plant it outside in the spring, after the soil warms up.

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