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Hi Kate,I have a friendly Jay that has planted acorns in my garden,Left to there own devices I now have growing five 16 foot tall oak tree in the border,They could only have been there just over 9 years,So they must like my garden to have grown that big so quickly.



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,633

    I think I'd soon have a forest if I didn't weed out the ashes and the field maples  and the hazels.

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,233

    I planted an acorn this time last year, and it germinated this spring.  It lives outside, in  a sheltered spot.  Any ideas how I know when it will need potting on?  And how long (or how big does it need to get) before taking it out of its pot and finding it a permanent home in the garden?  The acorn came from a special place, and I don't want to lose the resulting sapling !

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,633

    If you've got a place for it to grow where it's not going to get swamped by bigger plants it could be planted out in its dormant period this winter. Any time when the weather is reasonable, not frozen or under water. It wouldn't mind being moved next winter if you haven't got a permanant place ready. It's better to let the roots extend rather than confining it to a pot.

  • oldchippyoldchippy Posts: 244
    Sue10 I have a holme oak growing in a pot the roots have escape in to the ground ,I brought it with me 10 years ago before that it was in a deep pot for about 8 years from an acorn,They have long tap roots but you can grow them as bonsai tree, My tree is about 4 foot tall.

  • I have grown oaks from acorns and still have the one my daughter planted 33 years ago from a acorn she picked up on the common .That oak had been planted by a little girl 80 years ago and put there by the council.My friend has the other oak.I have also grown hawthorn,hazel,holly,and horse chestnut.All but the horse chestnut I turned into hedges for my son,takes time but worth it.image

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,244
    I don't have to plant acorns, the squirrels do it for me.

    I just have to keep weeding then out. But the one I missed by the pond is now 6ft high!. Its got to go, 2 x 150 year old oak trees in the garden are more than enough for anyone.They do bring in lots of wildlife though! I've spent today filling 2 metre cubes with oak leaves, and theyre not all off the trees yet.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    When we emptied our large tomato pots in the potting shed, one in the far corner was crammed with acorns starting to sprout. He must have been in and out through a small gap to dig in the nice soft earth.   

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