The Gould Acorns: Take a Piece of GCU with You
On April 21, 2016, Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society, held a fund-raiser to sell the GCU community their very own Gould Acorn oak tree. Senior biology major and Tri Beta President Rachel Kowal said that growing the oak tree seedlings is easy and anyone can do it.
So you want to grow your own Gould Acorn oak tree? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Collect acorns right after they fall to the ground in September or October. You can collect them from the GCU campus if you want.
Step 2: Fill a large container with soil, wet soil until damp, and add the acorns on top, covering with a thin layer of the soil.
Step 3: Refrigerate the container. This will help the acorns establish their root systems.
Step 4: Once the weather warms up, fill the pots with fresh soil, carefully empty out the now-rooted acorns from the large container, and plant each acorn in its own pot with the top of the acorn on top of the soil. Place the pots in a sunny location and keep the soil moist.
Step 5: Wait until the last frost to plant. Water when the soil starts to become dry.
Step 6: Enjoy the shade of your very own Gould Acorn oak tree. (Okay—the shade part might take a few years!)
GCU introduced the Gould Acorn tree sales several years ago, and staff members from the State of New Jersey’s Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson often come to campus in autumn to collect thousands of acorns. Those acorns are then planted and later provided as oak tree seedlings each spring to New Jersey residents, including the hundreds of elementary school students who visit the resource center each year.
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