View Full Version : Raising germinated Burr Oak acorn questions

04-04-2005, 11:51 PM
This fall I tossed a dozen or so acorns from my neighbor's tree and some damp soil mix into a zip lock and into the fridge. A month or so ago I took them out and left the bag on the counter. Four of the acorns sprouted roots at various times during the month and I planted them fairly shallow and on their sides in 1/2 gallon pots.

The first to sprout a root broke ground after a week or two and is now about eight inches tall with a couple tiny leaflets. Just to experiment I found I can rotate its pot every four hours and it will lean its way towards the light. I thought this was a slow growing tree.

How tall should I expect these fellas to get by the end of the summer? What percentage of arbor day acorns germinate? Am I correct that their growth will slow after the acorn is used up by the seedling? Anything you all recommend I do besides stick them in the garden after they produce regular leaves?

Thanks for any advice. After they're three feet tall or so I'm going to try to give these to my friends who have huge yards.

04-06-2005, 02:55 PM
Sometimes many acorns germinate, it all depends on whether you got to them before the weevils did. When a person wants to grow oak trees the acorns can be put into water and the floaters have been invaded by weevils and can be thrown out. Your oak trees will grow fairly quickly, but unlike a cottonwood they won't be 8' tall by August. You can expect them to reach 24-36 inches by autumn if they're happy.