From little acorns……

From little acorns do mighty oaks grow – so goes the saying and we hope it is true.  Last Autumn the common oak trees shed the most abundant supply of acorns.  We were picking them up and noticed that some were sprouting,  So Neil decided to plant some in compost and see if he could grow them.  We put them in a seed propagator on the window sill in the dining room where it is a constant warm temperature. Out of 36 planted, 29 sprouted.

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We started them off in the inside of toilet rolls in compost and as you can see they started to grow.  The next stage was to pot up the most vigorous ones and give them their own mini greenhouse.  We had been collected clear PET bottles from water and tonic and we cut these to make a small pot and a top.

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The toilet roll inner tube was then placed into the bottom of the bottle with extra compost and the top part put over it to make a little cloche.

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After a while we had a tray full of little oak trees in their own individual cloches.

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When they grow a bit taller and reach the neck of the bottle, we take the top part off and let them grow upwards.  When Spring comes we will replant them again into larger pots and gradually from about May onwards be able to put them outside.  Our idea is to have a nursery bed of trees that when large enough (approx. 4 to 5 feet tall) we can then plant in our woods. These will need to be protected from the deer by fencing and an electric fence barrier on the wood’s perimeter.

We have a few sackfuls of other common oak acorns and will be planting these out with a variety of different methods which will be blogged at a later date.  So watch this space for progress on the trees.

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4 Comments »

  1. Damaris said

    There’s a gigantic oak tree right by our house and we spend a lot of time pulling its phenomenally successful offspring out of tubs, pots, gravel, flowerbeds etc. Open spaces are being colonised by oak saplings. The full-grown trees have the most beautiful and varied silhouettes but the species doesn’t need our encouragement!

  2. tbnranch said

    Awesome! What a great idea with the bottles! 🙂

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