Germination Of Acorns. Take a hyacinth glass, or a broad-mouthed bottle, and till it about-one-third With water. Cut a piece of stiff card-board, or tin, to tit closely the opening of the glass or bottle, and from the centre thereof suspend an acorn by a piece of thread just long enough to let the acorn descend nearly to the water. It will be advantageous to drop the acorn until it touches the water, and then to draw
It up very gently as far as may be done without overcoming the attraction which holds the water to the base of the acorn. Keep it now on the mantelpiece over the lite, and in a few weeks the germ will hurst the shell, and a little root will appear and descend to the water, where it will become more fully developed.
Steep the acorn in water a day before suspending it. Soon afterwards, another germ will be seen to strike upwards until it reaches the covering of the glass, where a contrivance may easily be made for its escape, still keeping acorn in the same relative position. And thus a appling oak may be produced - a curiosity for the parlour.