A Good Year for Acorns

John Palmer of Bearmead writes:

Just in time before the St Jude storm, I picked 3,500 acorns from my Oaks at Bear Mead.


The big fat acorns with a touch of brown almost fell into my hands. Six acres surrounded by a deer fence, there are 250 oaks planted 13 years ago. The absence of deer means each tree touches the ground, and some of the oaks are too tall to reach the top. Like 3 years ago, one tree alone provided 1,000 acorns. Picking was done 7-27 October from 30 trees.

Back home they were placed in water, the "floaters" (12%) rejected and the "sinkers" placed in damp sawdust from a petshop. Half of these were placed in gauze bags in an old fridge set at 4°C, the rest in a propagator out of any sun. Keep the sawdust damp. Come mid December, they should all be checked for germination - the shell splits and the taproot emerges. Take care not to harm the taproot. Germinated acorns can either be scattered, or placed root down in a small hole in the ground, or planted in a 3-inch plant-pot.
Mine will be scattered back in the Plantation, or used to grow an oak-hedge there.

Contact me on johnpalmer@eyemead.com if you would like a couple of germinated acorns.

All my oaks are children of the famous Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.
WARNING - oaks grow very slowly, its best to be under voting age to see the results of your efforts.

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