Since this is a family forum, I renamed this thread... Here's my attempt to outline and describe my methods growing oaks from acorns. To preface, these are not my original ideas, they should be appropriately credited to Dr Carl Whitcomb, Dr Michael Dirr, and others that have validated this system using the scientific process. I will not be appropriately citing references to substantiate these methods, however, I can reply to direct questions or challenges to methods if anyone doesn't "buy what I'm selling"... I hope this prevents the thread from becoming a rambling essay of concepts and keeps the processes simple and reproducible. Guys, the end result implementing the root pruned container system after the first growing season for most species of oaks is a +3' tall seedling that, more importantly, can be transplanted to your property without the usual stalled top growth that occurs post-transplant during year 2 (and sometimes year 3) when transplanting bareroots and traditional round "smoothie" containers who roots are circling. It's not as simple though as just using the right containers..... Pic taken July 1st of various oaks started in early spring from acorns. Conversely, here's the lackluster midsummer results of acorns direct seeded onsite in April w/ no additional upkeep post-planting.... But (briefly) I'd like to address why anyone would spend the time, money, and energies growing oak seedlings at home before transplanting onsite. You've got to be a little _____ _____ (see last sentence of my final post in this thread) to do this and it seems to require an individual who enjoys this tree growing process.... My primary reason is superior genetics that I've identified in the parent tree which i will then collect and propagate their acorns. My objectives when selecting a superior tree are: abundant mast producers, delayed mast drop times, fast vegetative growth, and trees which begin producing acorns at young age. In my "perfect world" of timber duck hunting, my properties will have thousands of phenotypically superior young oaks of various species thriving in an appropriate flood schedule environment. I subscribe wholeheartedly to selecting acorns with local provenance (google what this means).... My strategic goal are multiple species of oaks beginning to drop buckets of acorns within a decade of starting from them from seed.