Calabrian Native Project: Botanical Education Applied to Conservation and Valorization of Autochthonous Woody Plants

Figure 5

The inner side of a phytocell partially filled with garden soil. Three acorns of Quercus virgiliana are usually placed (the number helps to reduce the empty phytocells) more or less at the vertices of an equilater triangle. When covered by a 1-2 cm layer of additional garden soil and regularly watered, seeds will be ready to sprout in 4-6 weeks, depending on the average temperatures. This system, according to what experienced during the years dedicated to Calabrian Native Project, is the easiest and more productive way to get seedling, later plants, from the acorn of this species collected in the Mediterranean Biodiversity Park in Catanzaro.