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buying acorns (Sheffield's, Schumacher...etc)

Posted by hairmetal4ever Z7 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Dec 5, 13 at 11:08

Just ordered some Quercus michauxii acorns (Swamp Chestnut Oak) from Schumacher's, since Sheffield's does not have a 2013 crop yet (seems odd this late). Neither one has the 2013 Nuttall oak crop yet, which is another one I want.

Sheffield's does have some 2012 Nuttall oak seed available. Brandon7 & others here have repeatedly spoken positively about Sheffield's and their seed storage practices, so it might be worth a try.

I know acorns are hard to store, but have read multiple publications that suggest that if stored right near freezing, with a good pre-storage moisture content, that white oak acorns can be saved for about 6 months, and reds for a year or two with good viability. I would assume Sheffield's employs this type of storage.

For anyone who has tried it, do you think it might behoove me to try a sample of last year's Nuttall Oak from Sheffield's, since it's December, and it is looking increasingly likely that there won't be a 2013 crop available from either major tree seed supplier I'm aware of?

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RE: buying acorns (Sheffield's, Schumacher...etc)

Since no one replied to this thread, I'll link a duplicate thread (from the Trees Forum) that got a few responses.

Here is a link that might be useful: duplicate thread in another forum

RE: buying acorns (Sheffield's, Schumacher...etc)

Wow! I had never heard of these places. You learn something new every day. Thank you!!!

I'm starting a couple Quercus muehlenbergii (chinquapin oaks) this fall. It is interesting that white oak family acorns germinate free-fall before they hit the ground (aka - very fast, smiley face).

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