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Name: Kevin Benoit
New Brunswick, Canada (Zone 3b)
Jun 27, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Hi, back in October, me and my friend went to the park and picked up a couple of acorns. We put them in the fridge for a month in a plastic bag with wet cloth. We where able to sprout the acorns. I had mine for a week and I needed to bring it home for a few weeks in between university clinicals and I had to leave it in the car for a few hours. It died since it was winter and froze. However, about a month later a new sprout started growing and I was able to save it. It has now grown leaves for a few months now but its growth has stunted. I can see a little bud coming at the top but its been there for 2 months. Now some of the leaves have wilted and it hasn't grown. I was wondering if any of you guys have tips on how I could save it and kick start its growth again since i'd like to plant it in the yard next summer and have an oak tree .

Here is how it looks right now (kinda looks like a dying bonzai) and how it looked 1 and half months ago. I will also include how my friends oak looks like (its .
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the nicer one)
Name: Cheryl
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Jun 27, 2016 7:16 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Look at you growing a little tree! The mighty Oak are one of my favorites. If they could talk!! I am no tree expert but it looks like moss is growing in your soil? Moss grows in shady areas. Is your little guy getting enough sunlight?? I can't see what size pot you have. Tree roots grow fast. Do not try compare to your friend's tree just now as your's had a minor setback but seems like a real Fighter.
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Name: Kevin Benoit
New Brunswick, Canada (Zone 3b)
Jun 27, 2016 7:44 PM CST
yeah hahaha poor guy's been through alot. I do think its moss but it gets about 6-9 hours of sun everyday. Its in a rather small pot but I don't recall the roots filling it completely. I have a bigger pot and I might try changing the pot tomorrow actually.

I wonder if there is any particular things that i'm missing other than the size of the pot?
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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Jun 27, 2016 8:42 PM CST

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Oak seedlings grow in spurts with (often long) periods of quiescence in between. It looks like your friend's seedling has gone through two grow spurts while yours has had just one. You may be watering it too much, but other than that, it looks pretty healthy. One bit of advice, you might want to plant it outside sooner rather than later. Oaks develop deep roots and generally aren't happy in pots, even when they are small.
Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Jun 28, 2016 4:46 AM CST
I've been pulling up oak seedlings in my garden all summer. No idea how the acorns got there so I blame squirrels even though I know of no oak trees and no squirrels near the fall garden.

Anyway, the seedlings keep coming up in the full light areas, with 10 to 12+ hours. Tough little things. If you know where that's going to go long term, I'd suggest putting it there. Oak trees don't want to be in a pot.

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