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  1. #1
    Oak
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    Planting Swamp White Oak from Seed

    One of my new Swamp White Oaks (about 15' tall, maybe 4-5 yrs old), purchased from a nursery, produced a few acorns this season! Now that it's Fall and the foliage is turning on all of my Swamp White Oaks, I decided to tap an acorn with a rake handle and sure enough it easily fell from the tree and on to the ground with a light tap. The acorn is plump and brown, and passes the "water sink test" (sinks instead of floats), so I'm fairly sure this acorn is fertile and ready to plant.

    I have a spare 10 gallon pot that is fairly tall, and want to plant the acorn in some good quality potting soil with peat moss mixed in. How deep should the acorn be planted, and will I have to keep the tree indoors over the Winter? We get cold, windy winters in my area, so I'm not sure what would be best for it. I've read that Swamp White Oak acorns can sprout in a matter of weeks, and they grow rather quickly the first year in a pot.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Sapling
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    RE: Planting Swamp White Oak from Seed

    Plant the acorn about an inch or so deep in the pot, and lay it on its side. And no, don't bring the pot inside. Just leave it outside for the winter as if the acorn is good, it will sprout a taproot before winter comes, go dormant quickly after it gets cold, and then hopefully starts growing in the spring. That's exactly how I planted my Burr Oaks from seed this year, and 5 out of the 5 I planted came up and grew 6" this year.

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    Oak
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    RE: Planting Swamp White Oak from Seed

    I planted the acorn about 1" deep in a 10 gallon pot full of top quality potting soil mixed with sphagnum peat moss. Will this pot be ok during a cold snap in the middle of Winter (where temps may fall below 5F)? If so, I have some other large pots where I would like to plant some trees in hopes that they'll make it through to next Spring. I see you're in Wisconsin - if trees can survive in pots out there, I would imagine they would survive in my area also...

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    Oak
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    Re: RE: Planting Swamp White Oak from Seed

    Maybe think about some kind of screen to keep squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons away. I put some acorns out in containers and a couple of days later they were gone. I suspect a chipmunk who lives nearby of the theft.

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