The perfect Christmas gift.
If you start planting oaks now,........
(unless you're really old, infertile, imprisoned or suffer a horrible accident or debilitating disease),
.........you will be able to bring your children and grandchildren to sit under and enjoy these trees.
Step 1: Motivation.
I tried to think of a use for them.
To my suprise, I discovered that some of them have an Aluminium lining.
I turned one inside out and it was not unnatractive.
Thus my Christmas plan to give every one a baby oak tree in a recycled pot can now be realised.......
Collect some acorns and a tetrapack.
Step 2: Carton- Cut, Wash and Turn Inside-Out.
(This is tricky but only takes a couple of minutes.)
Punch some holes in the base.
Step 3: Collecting Acorns
Get them while they are still on the tree.
If other acorns are starting to fall, then give the branch a little shake; if acorns are ready they will drop.
Leave any that have holes in them, it means that someone is inside munching away on the seed.
Plant your acorns in late April.
Step 4: Creating a future forest.
Use a good quality potting soil mixed with some sand and grit mixed in.
Place the acorn horizontally, barely under the surface. Water until it comes out the bottom and place cups on a southern windowsill.
Check moisture often and don't let the soil get completely dry.
In about three weeks the stalk will be five to six inches and the first set of leaves will have spread. About mid-May it is time to harden the plants off. Gradually increase exposure time to outside sun and air. Set the trees outside during the day and return them to house or garage at night.