The mighty oak is a symbol of strength, morale, resistance, and knowledge, supporting a complex ecosystem with many species.
This is the oak I started growing over 10 years ago. I just put one in a pot and it germinated. That was in 2010 and it should be over 15 foot now.
However it’s only three foot – I cultivated a kind of ‘bonsai’, but it produced acorns in 2018 and 2020.
Then I found out you can grow them in a bottle!
Put the acorns in a bowl of water and discard those that float. Place an acorn on top of a bottle filled with water, and away you go. The one in the photo was placed on the bottle on 28th Oct 2020 and is 10cm tall. They build up a strong root system first then the top growth follows.
Here’s my new forest of oaks, grown from the acorns from 2018.
I have planted out the 32 acorns I got from 2020, so I will have a humongous forest to look after soon.
And some of these oaks have galls already.