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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:52 pm 
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i would like to plant some oaks trees in my front pasture from seeds of oaks from other areas of ranch.

what is the best way to germinate?
how long do i need to keep in containers berfore planting in pasture?

The seeds will be from live oaks. the ranch is 40 mile south of s.a., in very sandy soil.

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One way is to plant acorns in a slightly tilted position (after removing the "tops"), poking up from the soil about halfway or two thirds the way under the soil. I have had success with some Langtry Oak acorns this way!

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Wait until the acorns release from the tree but don’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.

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