Note: This page is
coming from Goshen,
Indiana, located in Northern Indiana
- I plant acorns in September about 2 or 3 inches deep.
One can simply
up the place you want them to be permanently. Or, simpler yet, slit the
lawn with a spade, drop them in, and press the soil down with your
Mark them with stakes so the mower misses them.
- Water and keep them moist if it doesn't rain. They
start with a root
goes down and the top may not emerge until spring.
- As soon as they emerge the chipmunks and squirrels dig
them out for
so I place screen wire cages formed from half-inch hardware cloth
and over them until they are a foot tall. This also protects the bark
hungry rabbits in the winter. Rabbits can still damage them the second
or third year if the the stem isn't protected.
- They soon develop a long deep tap root, so if you want
include as much of the tap root as you can.
- I have also started them indoors 1 inch deep in potting
soil in a tray
of bottomless quart size milk cartons. Long vertical containers are
to facilitate the tap root. Keep soil moist. I plant these out in
but protect them from squirrels and chipmunks using a screen wire cage.
- Transplanting when they are a 12 to 18 inches tall is
easy. Dig deep
the tap root.
- When they are bigger the tap root often gets badly
- I have moved them when they are 3 or 4 feet tall, but
lots of watering
is important until they get new feeder roots. I monitor them and
give them a 10 gallon soaking as soon as leaves start to droop.