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What's the best way to handle quercus suber seeds? Time of stratification? Also, what's best site for them? I've got plenty of garbage GA clay to choose from but J. Russell Smith reckoned they would grow well for me so I bought some seed from Schumacher's and I'm gonna plant them out and see how they do.
 
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hau, Stephen.

As far as the wonderful cork oak, The following information may be helpful to you.

Usual habitat locations: France, Corsica, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Portugal, Spain and northern Africa (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia).
The cork oak favors acidic soils, requires a hot dry summer season and a cold and moist winter, (very similar to the south in USA) and can be found in open woodlands, on hills and lower slopes at 300–1000m altitude.
It will do well in USDA zones 7-10.
Suitable for: medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.
Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. (Does best in acidic, pH 5.0 thru 6. Neutral and basic soils will cause slower growth in most cases.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.
It prefers moist soil.
The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Seeds: Acorn, best to plant as nature does or at a minimum of soil depth (I like to drop the acorn and gently step on it to press it into damp (not wet) soil).
 
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Do you stratify or plant them out in the fall?
 
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I go ahead and plant them in the fall, then let the earth mother take over from there. If I want to wait till spring, I just set them in a cool dark space in the shed. Use a container that will breathe if you want to save some for spring planting.
I am trying to get more white oaks growing in my forest, so when I take out a hickory or two I am replacing with white oak, since I do coopering, that is the most useful wood for me besides the hickory.
 
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