I got a northern red oak acorn from my Nanny as a birthday present. I planted it in the pot that came with it on Feb 13. She got it from Seeds of Life in Barberville, FL and then shipped it to me in Columbus, OH.
There is something happening though that I didn't expect. My acorn is not sprouting yet. I saw a little green growth and thought that maybe it was my acorn sprouting but it was just some moss.
The instructions said to water it with 1/2 cup of water every 3 days and that as it grows, it will need more water. Didn't say anything about expected sprouting time though.
Could it have to do with the cold draft that started coming into our house last night? Or do acorns just not sprout as quickly as maple seeds?
I have grown maples several times and I can tell you from my experience, that if your maple is in the sun(not shade but sun, even dappled sunlight) that it will sprout 1-2 days after you plant it if you also give it a deep watering where you planted it.
They are a quick sprouting type of tree in ideal conditions. But cold snaps, shade, and waiting for rain can all delay sprouting of the maple.
Do acorns just not sprout as quickly in ideal conditions? Or is it because of the cold draft? I try to get as much natural light into the house as possible since once it has sprouted, I can grow it indoors for 45-60 more days but it still needs sun, even if I grow it indoors. But unfortunately that same thing that I do to bring natural light in can also bring a cold draft in.