Wait until the acorns release from the tree but donâ€™t allow them to lay on the ground long. Weevils find them fast, drill small smooth holes and eat the contents. To make sure these oak seeds are still viable, toss them in water. Those that float have already been ruined by the weevils. Throw them in the compost pile. Plant the good ones in the ground or in pots. The potting soil can be organic potting soil or native soil. Some of the latest research indicates that the heavier native soil is the best for the trees long term. Depth of planting can vary. Squirrels and some gardeners plant the acorns twice as deep as the seed is wide. Others, especially greenhouse growers plant the acorns right on the surface of the soil with half the seed exposed. Squirrels will be the biggest problem but can be kept at bay by covering the soil and acorns with lava gravel. The gravel will also help plant growth.