Q: I have recently collected some white oak acorns. What is the correct way to plant them?
A: The best time to plant white oak acorns is in fall immediately after you collect them because they sprout so quickly. In contrast, acorns from the red oak family need sixty days of moist, chilly storage in order to germinate. For white oak acorns, the simplest thing to do is to identify where you want a tree located and plant a few acorns an inch deep there. Remove all but the strongest one next fall. If that isn’t possible, find a sunny, out-of-the-way spot, thoroughly loosen the soil at least twelve inches deep and plant your acorns there. When the seedlings are twelve inches tall you can transplant them, taking care not to damage the roots. 123