HELLO, I WILL BE AWAY FROM THE 27TH NOVEMBER TO THE 4 DECEMBER. ALL ORDERS FROM THIS PEROID WILL BE POSTED ON THE 4-5 DECEMBER.QUERCUS CERRIS 'TURKEY OAK'
[Prov. United Kingdom]
Fagaceae: A fast growing large deciduous, broadly conical oak, becoming more spreading and domed with age. The bark is thick, grey-brown, becoming fissured and forming regular, squarish plates in older trees. The branches appearing swollen near base and spreading upwards. The leaves up to 10-12cm long, they are deeply lobed with up to 10 lobes or large teeth, the upper leaf surface are a beautiful deep green. The catkins appear from May-June, with the acorns ripening in late summer, they are partly encased in a deep cup covered in long outward-pointing scales. A native of Southern Europe, it was introduced to Britain by J. Lucombe of Exeter in 1735. It is now planted in parks and gardens, and sometimes naturalized in woodlands.
Seeds can be cooked, chopped and roasted, the seed is used as an almond substitute. They can be dried, ground into a powder and used as a thickening in stews or mixed with cereals for making bread.
The oak tree has a long history of medicinal use. It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, decongestant, haemostatic and tonic properties.
The wood is also a source of tar, quaiacol, acetic acid, creosote and tannin. The wood has many of the characteristics of other oaks, but is very prone to crack and split and hence is relegated to such uses as fencing.
An easy fast growing tree, which is tolerant of different soil types and atmospheric pollution. The seeds of this tree species contain no natural dormancy and they will begin to grow whenever the conditions are right for germination, if they are not sown immediately the real problem is how to store them without rapid deterioration occurring.
It is perfectly possible for these seeds to begin to germinate during their passage through the postal system. In such a case they need to be planted immediately on arrival. Seeds of the oak species can sustain root breakage with no detrimental effect and the emerging root can be snipped off at about 1cm from the emergence point on the acorn if excessive root growth needs to be controlled. The seedling will produce a more fibrous root system as a result.
For sowing deep containers are required to accommodate the strong taproots of this species. Pots at least 20cm should be used and serious growers should consider using modules such as root trainers that allow air pruning of the roots to take place. These allow the production of superb young plants with no root distortion. Planting in shallow containers will cause severe root deformation Fill your chosen container with a good quality compost and press the seed into it to a depth of a couple of cm's (just under 1 inch) The orientation of the seed is not critical, generally speaking it is best if the root emerges to one side of the seed. Make sure that the seed is covered, watered and place in a frost free place for germination to begin. If the seeds of the species become frozen they will die! The seeds can be planted in Autumn left to produce a tap-root and then left quiet through the winter in a cool but frost free place. In the Spring these seeds will quickly emerge and begin growth and will have a significant head start over Spring sown seeds.
If you do need to store your seeds you can mix them with dry peat and place them in a cool, dry, frost free, mouse free place through the winter. The bag that they are placed in should not be tied! If the peat is even slightly moist the seeds will begin to grow. The peat keeps the seeds separated which prevents them from sweating and heating. It also allows them to respire but not dry out too much. If you keep the seeds dry in a bag until Spring it is very likely that they will be dead before they are sown.
Initial shoot growth is very rapid and within a few weeks from germination the seedlings will be between 10 and 20cm high. The trees will then rest for a few weeks before developing a terminal bud that will break into rapid new growth if the conditions are right. This usually brings height growth to 20 to 40cm. To encourage maximum growth, ensure that the trees are never stressed because of a lack of water and that they are well nourished and grown in a warm, sunny position. Trees should be planted in their permanent position as soon as is practical. If they are large enough, at the end of their first growing season and certainly at the end of the second. Allowing them to be grown in too shallow a container for any length of time will cause permanent root deformities that can lead to the failure of the tree once it grows to a large stature.
NO OAK SEEDS WILL BE SENT TO MEXICO OR BRAZIL!!!
Every order will receive a free packet of seeds as a thank you!
I have had to remove all listings of poisonous plants, which include the nightshade family, and monkshoods. All these plants and more are still available from my store:
ORDERS MAY BE DELAYED TWO OR THREE DAYS DUE TO WORK COMMITMENTS, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT! ORDERS MADE BETWEEN MARCH - MAY COULD BE DELAYED UP TO A WEEK. THIS IS A VERY BUSY TIME FOR ANYONE ONE IN THIS BUSINESS.
IF YOU ARE THE IMPATIENT TYPE PLEASE LOOK ELSEWHERE!
I LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM NOT THE USA, SO ORDERS WILL TAKE 2-4 WEEKS.
Due to customs issues I do not ship to Brazil!
SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK, I AM STOPPING THE REFUNDING OF LOST ITEMS TO THESE COUNTRIES!!!
IF YOU FAIL TO GERMINATE YOUR SEEDS PLEASE DON’T LEAVE BAD FEEDBACK, SEEDS ARE ALWAYS FRESH AND TESTED FOR VIABILITY BEFORE LISTING, SO I KNOW THAT THEY DO GERMINATE, IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE JUST ASK!!!
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK FOR SEEDS THAT HAVE BEEN LOST IN THE POST, THIS IS NOT MY FAULT AND COMPLETELY OUT OF MY CONTROL, SIMPLY LET ME KNOW AND I WILL HAPPILY RECTIFY THE PROBLEM!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
I love this shop! Seeds look great, looking forward to see them germinate!