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I think I'd soon have a forest if I didn't weed out the ashes and the field maples and the hazels.
I planted an acorn this time last year, and it germinated this spring. It lives outside, in a sheltered spot. Any ideas how I know when it will need potting on? And how long (or how big does it need to get) before taking it out of its pot and finding it a permanent home in the garden? The acorn came from a special place, and I don't want to lose the resulting sapling !
If you've got a place for it to grow where it's not going to get swamped by bigger plants it could be planted out in its dormant period this winter. Any time when the weather is reasonable, not frozen or under water. It wouldn't mind being moved next winter if you haven't got a permanant place ready. It's better to let the roots extend rather than confining it to a pot.
I have grown oaks from acorns and still have the one my daughter planted 33 years ago from a acorn she picked up on the common .That oak had been planted by a little girl 80 years ago and put there by the council.My friend has the other oak.I have also grown hawthorn,hazel,holly,and horse chestnut.All but the horse chestnut I turned into hedges for my son,takes time but worth it.
When we emptied our large tomato pots in the potting shed, one in the far corner was crammed with acorns starting to sprout. He must have been in and out through a small gap to dig in the nice soft earth.