A few days ago my husband and I were walking in the Fort Washington State Park when we noticed the acorns covering the ground under our feet. Upon examination, we realized these acorns looked a little different from the usual ones we see – these were a bit shiny, larger, and their caps were formed differently and seemed to fall off more easily.
We also noticed that these were the most enthusiastic acorns we’d ever seen – pretty much every one had a little sprout emerging from it, heading for the earth. Remember, these acorns were just lying on the ground’s surface – so these shoots were taking off on faith alone, heading through the air to where they wanted to be.
We looked up the tree – we think it’s a chestnut oak. Once we knew to look, we saw lots of them.
We got the idea to see if we could get any to root in a pot at home. Now I know this usually doesn’t work, but – why not? We took some likely candidates back with us, set them on the ground in this pot, and put it on the porch. Let’s see what happens…