Acorn collection


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Starting to collect next years nuts.

Burgamble - my property is 200 miles away in northern Michigan and I am pretty certain that they would not be there next week as the animals collect the nuts before they fall off! These are from 3 trees all over 20 years old and beginning to produce heavy. I picked about 60% of the nuts.

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Bimundor - These are from a local Detroit metro tree and I have planted them in northern Michigan where they are 15 years old and have yet to produce much. Tough trees and the animals love them.

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I try to wait until I can get the acorn from the cap without force to ensure they are mature enough to be viable for planting. I know some oak species make that very difficult. I do like getting them directly off the tree however and not off the ground.....I find those on the ground tend to have a much higher fall-out rate when I float test them. I can also ensure which oak I have the acorns from if I get them right off the tree. But I also understand folks get them however they can and that is just fine. I need to go check one of my favorite SWO trees come to think of it and see if it's ready.......
The burgamble have been producing for 4 or 5 years. One year, the animals got them before me. Another year I was monitoring the trees daily. One day they were there, the next day, 90% were gone and I only found one nut on the ground. I have been lucky to have around 95% germination. I will be checking them again in 4 days or so to see if any are left. I am thankful that the quantity of acorns is getting to the point where the animals and I can share and I can afford to wait longer!!
Most of the bimundor came from the ground and some of them have squirrel teeth holes in them.
I have one tree that looks like an SWO, but it only has about 3 nuts that did not look fully formed. The nuts from the tree produce hardy offspring, grow well, and are drought resistant.
So, I am at the point where there may be a second generation of nut production from both the SWO and burgamble soon.