Like many, I’m impatiently awaiting news of a rejection of Trumpism south of the border. It’s also been a month since I received a shipment of seeds for more trees.
One species of which I had concern was White Oak (Quercus alba). The acorns do not exhibit the usual dormancy of most northern trees. The acorn hits the ground and if it doesn’t dry out it sprouts a tap root and it’s off to the races. The tap root grows deeply quickly to find moisture and winter comes to shut things down until spring. Well, my winter comes earlier than in White Oak’s native range so I figure Nature would not work for me. I planted the acorns in pots thinking they could do whatever they wanted until next year when I would plant them out.
SURPRISE! Despite being described as a slowly growing tree, those tap roots are now emerging from the bottoms of the pots! I deliberately chose deep pots nearly 25cm deep but in a month the roots are showing. I put saucers underneath and added water and moved the pots to a sunny warm window. I hope the oaks will be able to figure things out next spring… I had fully expected the roots also to grow slowly. Nope…
Let’s hope the election has also surprisingly vigorous voting for Democrats to reduce Trump’s power. Early news is that youngsters/first time voters and women are kicking ass. It’s about time. The House can also do some real investigation/oversight and let the world know what evil and corruption looks like. Impeach the bastard and put him in jail.