I posted in early April about my Oak tree seedlings project in 2018. Our non-spring long winter has finally broke on April 21st so now my project moves forward. The featured image shows my seedlings as of April 23rd outside on our deck. I am starting the process of hardening off the seedlings by putting them outside in the shade/indirect sun. I take them in during the evening as it still is getting close to freezing at nights.
The picture above shows the cool color variability of the small oak leaves. I have planted red oak, swamp oak, pinnacle oak, and some hybrid white oak. So lot’s of different growth rates, leaf forms, etc.. The only thing I can’t get to grow are the Shagbark Hickory nuts.
The plan after hardening off is to plant a few in the woods with tree tubes and transplant the rest into 10 or 12 inch fabric root pruning bags. I am thinking I will grow the trees in the bags for a couple years before transplanting or maybe even selling trees. I also am going to plant another 4 trays of acorns that have been in the frig all winter/spring to compare with seedlings planted in Feb/Mar. We will see how that goes.