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Acorns to Oaks!

Jerry Gille

New Member
I've been planting acorns for 2 weeks now. Put in about 130 gallons so far. Most have been disced in while other places were hand planted. Hand planted 5 gallons tonight in fact. That is a huge bur oak acorn in your pic. I have seen tremendous bur and white acorn production around here. I need to quit gathering and planting to focus on other things but it is hard to ignore all the mast laying around this year!
 

Khughes2345

PMA Member
I have about a pound of dco acorns I bought from Troy Pabst out of Nebraska - thanks Troy!

Is it best to get these in the ground this fall, like now? What has been the best results for everyone that’s done this? I have them sitting in the fridge now, but would rather plant them now than start them and then plant in spring. Do you put tubes up right away over top of the acorn, or wait til they sprout?
 

letemgrow

PMA Member
I have about a pound of dco acorns I bought from Troy Pabst out of Nebraska - thanks Troy!

Is it best to get these in the ground this fall, like now? What has been the best results for everyone that’s done this? I have them sitting in the fridge now, but would rather plant them now than start them and then plant in spring. Do you put tubes up right away over top of the acorn, or wait til they sprout?

DCO’s don’t store well in the fridge in my experience like other acorns do. I fall plant them with a tree tube seated down into the ground and have the area around the tubes prepped with glyphosate. The rodents don’t like to cross bare ground to build a home in the tubes.


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IowaBowHunter1983

Super Moderator
Staff member
DCO’s don’t store well in the fridge in my experience like other acorns do. I fall plant them with a tree tube seated down into the ground and have the area around the tubes prepped with glyphosate. The rodents don’t like to cross bare ground to build a home in the tubes.


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How deep you seeding acorn?
 

Khughes2345

PMA Member
Thanks for the reply. Certain kind of tree tubes better than others? I’ll probably just stake them with t posts or rebar since we have a bunch lying around. I probably won’t prep the area with gly but I’ll whack it down with a brush trimmer
 

letemgrow

PMA Member
Thanks for the reply. Certain kind of tree tubes better than others? I’ll probably just stake them with t posts or rebar since we have a bunch lying around. I probably won’t prep the area with gly but I’ll whack it down with a brush trimmer

There’s a guy in IA (Mike, forgot last name) that sells tubes a lot of people like.

I like the protex tubes; they’re more work than the others to get setup, tho. I don’t like their tab system to install the tubes and drill holes to use zip ties instead and make a larger tube.

Tree Pro makes good tubes that I’ve used for years also.


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letemgrow

PMA Member
Going to try a different method with these Prinoides.

This is a cattle mineral tub that has a hole drilled 2” from the bottom for drainage. The soil is down 6-8” from the top so fuzzy nuts can’t reach in.

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It worked well on these hybrid Ozark Chinquapins I planted this past spring. I pulled the screen off in August.

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2.5YR8

Active Member
I have a 5 gallon bucket full of swamp white acorns my dad collected from the trees in his yard. I put some in pots today, and have a bunch of tree tubes on the way for the rest. I've planted and fenced a few trees here and there, but this is my 1st attempt at a large scale project starting from seed.
 

Sligh1

Administrator
Staff member
Wife just loves this time of year!!! I’m loaded with DCO’s, regular chinkapins, pear seed as we eat it, 15/16th chestnut, Chinese & ……. These acorns! I had to scan the tree for any starting to brown. I would probably guess peak drop day will be late October if I guessed. (Which I’m guesstimating is a solid month later than most other raining oaks).
A few dropped & deer had them clean. All ready for storage/“winter”. I do direct seed some now but I’m ok with this as it’s “time to hunt” soon. See last pic- dial. It’s at about 34 degrees.
This one tree has to be in the hundreds of lbs of acorns if guessing. Pic from before of acorns below as well.

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Sligh1

Administrator
Staff member
Going to try a different method with these Prinoides.

This is a cattle mineral tub that has a hole drilled 2” from the bottom for drainage. The soil is down 6-8” from the top so fuzzy nuts can’t reach in.

e4519f34f99fe9c21148e5260e092c0d.jpg



It worked well on these hybrid Ozark Chinquapins I planted this past spring. I pulled the screen off in August.

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What type of soil or what would composition of it be?
 

BearCreek

Member
Question for the oak experts. I have gathered up quite a few white oak acorns that had just started to push out a taproot and planted them in containers containing moist potting soil. The roots are continuing to grow but none of them have sent up a sprout yet. I'm wondering what might be my best option to overwinter them? Can I just bury the containers in the ground and let the plants harden off and then plant in spring (is that possible if no sprout is present)? I know at some point (or now) that tap root is going to exceed the depth of the container they are in. These were leftovers that I didn't direct seed, I dumped them out and they all started growing so I thought I should attempt to do something with them.
 
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