Propagation Protocol for growing Quercus L. | Gregory A Hoss BAREROOT OAKS issouri is home to 19 species of oak (Quercus L. [Fagaceae]). This genera is the most important in terms of wildlife value, forest products, and forest cover in the state. At the George O White State Forest Nursery, located in south central Missouri, we grow 13 of the 19 species--about 1.5 million 1+0 oak seedlings annually. KEY WORDS nursery, Fagaceae, acorns, fertilization N O M E N C L AT U R E SEED PROCUREMENT USDA NRCS (2004) Bur oak acorn (Q. macrocarpa Michx.) Photo by Gregory A Hoss Acorns are perishable seeds. For the most part, we try to collect and plant them as soon as they fall from the tree. We have had some success storing "red" oaks for up to 1 y, but for the most part we plant all we collect or purchase each year. This does put us at the mercy of poor seed years, which happens fairly regularly with at least some species. We obtain our acorns primarily from local purchase right here at our nursery. Our nursery has been operating since the 1930s and each fall we set up
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