How to Grow Germinating Oak Acorns

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I'm Travis Steglich with Steglich Farm Supply Incorporated and we are going to talk about these acorns once they do show some growth what you probably want to do in order for them to be transplanted and be successful in a new plant as a larger pot. The pot that you see all these Burr Oak acorns in is probably about the size that you will transplant into once these acorns sprout and have about 2 or 3 inches of growth on them. When they have about 2 or 3 inches of growth sticking up in the air above the ground, leaves and stuff like that, they are going to have 6 or 8 inches of root that goes straight down; primarily a tap root and at that time, they will be easily transplanted. Mainly what you want to try and do is keep from destroying the root structure. In other words if you can get them out of there without tearing all of the fine roots. But if you use a root stimulator after they are pulled out, you should be able to regrow the roots that you do damage. But this plant like I said that once it gets a top growth, it will have 4 times that much root growth under the ground. Because first thing these plants are going to do is put out a root, then they are going to put out a top because they can't grow leaves unless they have something to support them, so that means roots. The roots come first and then when you get a little top growth, we will separate these out and put them in individual pots probably about the size, I think they call this a 5 gallon although I guarantee you can't put 5 gallons of water in there. In the nursery business, this is probably called a 5 gallon pot which is what I would think for the first year you would probably want to try to grow these little plants in.