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How to Do an Oak Tree Acorn Float Test

Views: 13427 | Last Update: 2008-06-16
Learn how to do an oak tree acorn float test with expert tips on growing oak trees from acorns in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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I'm Travis Steglich with Steglich Farm Supply Incorporated and we are going to do a float test on these acorns that we picked up while ago. Supposedly the acorns that will germinate are the best germinaters will sink. The ones that float have air in them or they don't have enough moisture, not solid enough so therefore they float and are not likely to come up. So we are just going to take the Live Oak acorns, the Burr Oaks and the Spanish Oak acorns and we are just going to dump them in here and see which ones float. We will pour off the floating ones and leave the sinking ones in the bottom. You can see just a multitude of them have floated and so what we will do is I will slowly pour off the floaters, oops, well I said I would. Those are floaters anyway. The sinkers are on the bottom and I will pour out the ones that float, the majority and I will take off the rest of them by hand. We will be able to see the ones laying on the bottom. There is not very many. There appears to be like 4 of the Burr Oaks and oh a dozen of the Live Oaks. None of the Spanish Oaks have floated. We will put these back in there. I am going to pick up these because we are going to plant especially the Spanish Oaks, I know that some of those will come up and I know that a lot of these Burr Oaks will probably come up. So we are going to see. We are going to take them back and we are going to pot them and see how many of them actually come up.