Planting an acorn - this is how the fruit becomes a tree

Planting an acorn - this is how the fruit becomes a tree

Pull an oak from acorns

What you need:

  • Fresh, ripe acorns
  • freeze bag
  • Small pots
  • Garden soil

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Use only ripe acorns

Collect the acorns straight from the tree. The fruits are ripe when they are shiny brown and can be easily removed from the cap.

Put the acorns in a water bath. Throw away all the fruits that float up, because they are rotten.

Store acorns in a cool place

Acorns only germinate after a long period of cool temperatures.

Place the slightly damp acorns in a freezer bag in the refrigerator for 40 to 45 days.

Make sure that the fruits do not rot and neither get too dry nor too moist.

Plant acorns

The acorns are planted after 45 days at the latest, regardless of whether they have already sprouted or not.

Prepare small, clean pots with garden soil for this.

Put the acorns into the pot with the root end down and cover them with about two centimeters of soil.

Once the acorns have developed their long tap roots, transplant them or plant them in the desired location in the garden in the spring.

Tips & Tricks

Of course, you can also plant acorns directly in the field. However, there is then the risk that squirrels and mice will use them. To be on the safe side, plant a larger amount of acorns so that at least a few remain.