I am working on a fun project with my children and we are wondering if we
plant acorns from an oak tree, if they will typically produce another
tree. If so, what would we need to know regarding planting depth, soil,
etc. I am having a hard time finding info on this on the web.
If you plant acorns, they will produce another tree. However, be
prepared for a low number of successes. Many acorns may be infertile or
have some pest that has eaten out the inside of an acorn. I have seen
acorns germinate on the soil surface, so I would recommend placing the
seeds half-submerged in a moist soil or potting mix more because you
should be able to see the seeds sprout. A soil similar to where the
acorns have been harvested would be good, otherwise a standard potting
soil. Because the acorn is a large seed and has a lot of nutrients and
energy stored, the seedlingd should not be too demanding.
Depending upon the species (kind) of oak tree, the following might be helpful:
Anthony Brach Ph.D.
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