Acorn Time | Front Porch | Indy Week
Pin It

Acorn Time 

If other Triangle neighborhoods are anything like mine, they are currently bathed in acorns of all kinds. Or maybe this is a Raleigh thing--it is the City of Oaks, after all, and I don't remember anything like this from my old neighborhood in Chapel Hill. The acorns are everywhere, crunching with a delicious sound under car wheels, falling against our walls so that it sounds like someone's trying to break in, bouncing around me while I'm trying to eat a civilized dinner at a patio table. The oaks seem to be taking the wide net approach to reproduction.

But why not use these acorns? Oaks make wonderful trees; maybe they make wonderful houseplants as well. I'm going to give it a try, and here's the recipe I've found on the Internet so that other experimental souls can, too.

Select acorns that look clean and fresh; discard any that have holes in the shell. Use soon--acorns do not keep well.

Start with a coarse soil mixture: maybe 50 percent pumice, 25 percent potting soil, 25 percent compost.

Styrofoam or paper cups make great nurseries for the seedlings (poke holes for drainage); fill them almost all the way up and place an acorn on top. Dig the acorn halfway into the soil, either laying on its side or with the pointed tip down.

Leave cups outside, though possibly protected from birds by chicken wire. Water as needed.

When the seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall, remove the plant from the cup and loosen the soil around the roots. Cut the taproot high up, close to the plant, to stunt the plant's growth.

Replant the seedling in a bigger pot, using the same soil mixture; position it so that the acorn is resting on top of the soil.

Handle the plants gently and keep them out of direct sun for the next two weeks; after that, they should be hardy and growing well. The plant can grow to be a foot high within the first six months!

Latest in Front Porch

More by Amanda Abrams


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Front Porch

  • One vote

    • Nov 12, 2014
  • Box of one

    Was I paying to be helped or to feel important, a bona fide expert on only myself?
    • Sep 24, 2014
  • The Old South (Hills)

    The Old South (Hills)

    • Sep 17, 2014
  • More »

Twitter Activity


'Anna Lee' is a truly beautiful song, Ms Dossett. And I love Levon Helm's rendition. You are blessed with a …

by Byron Miller on A song for Levon (Front Porch)

Just now seeing this....Liz and I were super close friends in the early 80s. She was so special. I had …

by RoBert 1 on In memoriam: Liz Holm, 1959–2013 (Front Porch)

Most Read

  1. Hair Don't (Peripheral Visions)
  2. The Myth of Gender (Back Talk)

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation