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A is for Acorn

By on September 22, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Collecting as many as we can for restoration projects

Drought has seriously hampered acorn production in California

Exudation is the sticky substance you find on damaged acorns. Leave them be.

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Find an oak with grass underneath for a soft landing and better chance of survival.

Green acorns should be left on the tree to ripen a bit more.

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Hoping to gather 2-3 thousand acorns, which will be directly planted on the OMP

If the acorn is cracked, damaged or has a hole in it don’t bother

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Jays can collect and hide up to 5,000 acorns in a season.

jay acorn

Kids make great helpers, less bending over for us old folks

Lobata is the species for Valley oak, whose acorns are far larger than the Coast Live’s

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Most oaks are bereft of acorns this year, making your help crucial

Never pull an acorn off an oak, a gentle twist should be enough

Oaks are homes to literally hundreds of animal species

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Please store them in paper or plastic bags, indoors, out of the sun

Quercus is oak’s genus. Means oak tree in Latin, duh.

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Remove the caps from the acorns please

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Stratification of the cold variety in a refrigerator helps germination

Tap roots on oak trees can grow 2 feet before foliage even starts

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Usually oaks are trimmed up and hard to reach so find them in the wild

Ventura River Preserve is a good place to look

Where to find Valley oaks? Downtown Ojai, Libbey Park, Arbolada

A is for Acorn - The Ojai Rambler

Xeriscaping is your friend, we live in a desert ya know?

Yellow acorns are OK to pick off a tree, just before they drop

Ziploc storage, open a bit, with some moist peat or sand. Drop it off at the sale 10/17.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Are you only accepting acorns from Valley Oaks?

  2. Lynn Malone says:

    I have probably 10 five gallon buckets of acorns in my yard at my shop (digs). There’s a giant tree next door that drops, sometimes shoots acorns into our backyard daily. I blow them all into one corner, so they will be easy to scoop up. I even have the buckets to put them into. Want them? Come on by!