A is for Acorn

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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Remove the caps from the acorns please

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Stratification of the cold variety in a refrigerator helps germination

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

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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

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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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3 Responses to A is for Acorn

  1. JJ says:

    A neat and tidy reminder….
    Thank you, Rambler, for making me smile this morning.

  2. Hi Rambler, just wanting some further details on the sale on 10/17. What sale is it? Address, time, location… Also, are you only looking for Valley Oak acorns? Thanks.

    • ojairambler says:

      Hi Lisa thanks for reading! I will be doing a blog post previous to the sale, but since you asked it is Saturday October 17th from 9-12 at the nursery, which is on Besant Road in Ojai around the corner from the Ranch House Restaurant. Most plants are 8 bucks and all proceeds go towards the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy to help protect and preserve your local wild lands. As for the acorns I can use both Valley and Coast Live, as long as they are happy and healthy. Hope to see you on the 17th.

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