Red Oak Tree Acorns Collected - Not Viable - October 2021
I collected a couple handfuls of Oak tree acorns (pretty sure they are from a Red Oak) as a project to see if I could work into seedlings next Spring. There's a lot of info out there about how to plant Oak trees from acorns, but this YouTube video was the most helpful for me. It isn't super fast-moving, but if you have the time, it is a nice overview. The steps of growing your own trees start with collecting acorns. From there, you have to test them for viability - using the 'float test'.
After cleaning them up (removing their tops), you dump them in a bucket of water. The ones that float aren't viable. The ones that sink...usually ARE viable. (the video recommends doing a couple of float tests to be sure...)
So, after collecting these acorns, I dumped them into a bucket. And...not ONE of them appears to be viable. All floaters.