Potting Soil Tips for Growing Oak Trees

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I'm Travis Stegligh with Steglich Farm Supply Incorporated and I am here on behalf of Expert Village. What we are doing is growing Oak trees from seeds, from acorns. We've gathered the acorns, we did a float test on them and we show the 3 different variety of Oaks that I had in my yard, the Burr Oak, the Live Oak and the Spanish Oak. Now we are going to plant them. One of the things that you probably want to worry about to start off with is what are you going to plant them in. Potting soils come in several different varieties and that is what you are going to use. The premium grade that I call is made of peat moss, organic matter and vermiculite. It is very light, has good holding capacity and good absorption capacity. The other kind that is available are some cheaper ones and I actually have soil in them. Some of them have a lot of sand and they compact. Sometimes they don't absorb moisture, sometimes they don't hold moisture as well as the pure organic, I mean the plant derived, the humus based types. Also the premium just doesn't have any soil in it is also lighter. Therefore when you are talking about house plants, a house plant that is grown in a pot that is light is more likely to be taken care of better. That is to say it's more likely to be moved in it if there is frost, it is more likely to be moved out to a better light area or moved around to better growing conditions than the ones that weigh a ton because its got a soil based potting soil which makes it weigh too much for the average person to move around.