Pedunculate oak origin

The pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) is a deciduous tree and belongs to the beech family. It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia and grows mainly in medium to high altitudes in moist, nutrient-rich soils. The pedunculate oak can grow up to 35 meters tall and live up to 600 years.

In mythology, the English oak was often seen as a symbol of strength, courage and resilience. It was also used as a medicinal plant and in some cultures the English oak was also seen as a protective plant and for cleansing negative energy.

The flowers of the pedunculate oak are small and inconspicuous and appear before the leaves in spring. The male flowers are arranged in the leaf axils and form long, reddish-brown catkins. The female flowers are arranged singly or in pairs in the leaf axils and form small, green buds. The pedunculate oak is known for its green leaves, which change color only slightly in autumn. The leaves are about 8 to 20 cm long and 4 to 8 cm wide. They are lanceolate and have a smooth, green surface. They sit on long, thin stalks and are arranged alternately. The fruits of the pedunculate oak are called acorns and are two-part wingnuts that are about 3,5 to 4,5 cm long and up to 15 mm wide. Each fruit contains a small spherical nut. The acorns are harvested from September to October and serve as food for birds and other animals.

Pedunculate oak leaves

Pedunculate oak care and location

The pedunculate oak prefers a sunny to partially shaded location with a moist and warm climate. The soil should be deep, humus-rich and nutrient-rich. The pedunculate oak does not tolerate waterlogging and prefers a sufficient water supply.

Pruning English oak

The pedunculate oak requires regular pruning to maintain its crown-shaped growth form. The necessary pruning should generally be carried out in winter. The pedunculate oak can bleed when pruned, which is why it is recommended to do so on frost-free days.

Watering pedunculate oak

The pedunculate oak has deep roots and should be watered rarely, but intensively and thoroughly. The soil should never dry out completely, as this can lead to the death of the fine roots. The pedunculate oak prefers a humid climate and does not tolerate prolonged water shortages. Young pedunculate oaks are particularly sensitive to water shortages and should be watered regularly. Fully grown trees usually do not need to be watered, but they should be watered at least once a week during longer dry periods. The water requirements of a pedunculate oak depend on various factors such as the length of the dry period and the condition of the tree. Climate change has an impact on nature and many trees suffer from the hot and dry periods, which can mean that more frequent watering is necessary. As a guideline, young pedunculate oaks need 75 to 100 liters of water per watering and older trees 200 liters. When watering with a garden hose, a large part of the water seeps through or evaporates or flows off the surface before it can be absorbed by the roots.

With tree bath watering bags is watered more efficiently and water is saved at the same time. The irrigation bags have two small holes that release the water evenly and over several hours as drip irrigation into the soil. This leads to even moisture in the soil, which means that the roots close to the surface also absorb the water well. The irrigation bag also covers the surface of the soil and thus prevents the water from evaporating. With a tree bath irrigation bag, young trees are supplied with sufficient water. To irrigate existing trees with a larger trunk diameter, two or three irrigation bags can be connected to one another using zip fasteners.

Pedunculate oak acorn

Fertilizing pedunculate oaks

For its growth and health, the English oak needs mainly nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These nutrients can be obtained by using organic Fertilizer such as compost or horn shavings. A layer of mulch helps keep the soil moist and prevent weed growth.

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