QUERCUS ROBUR (OAK TREE)
This most well-known and best-loved king of the forest can live for more than a millennium. It can take as long as 150 years before producing the strongest and most durable timber. Until the middle of the 19th century, when iron took over for building ships, thousands of oaks were felled every year, it was estimated that it took 2,000 trees to make a single large ship. It can take a full 50 years before the tree has its first crop of seeds called acorns, which are produced on attractive "pixie pipes".
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.
Common name:English or pedunculate oak, Acorn Tree
Packet Content:6 (Approx)