U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > San Antonio
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
Jump to a detailed profile or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Business Search - 14 Million verified businesses
Search for:  near: 
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-09-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
10,440 posts, read 10,181,431 times
Reputation: 6004

Advertisements

I know, I'm not expecting my live oak to grow like a corn plant
but it would be nice if I can give some "viagra" so I can get some shade faster.

Any recommendations?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-09-2009, 11:36 PM
 
871 posts, read 1,903,235 times
Reputation: 552
I don't think there's anything you can do to get a live oak to grow fast. They grow slow naturally. Check with one of the nurseries or email one of the local county agents and see if they can offer any suggestoins with the live oak.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Bexar County - Welcome to our Site!

Red oaks grow fast, maybe you can try planting one in your landscape.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 05:45 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
5,780 posts, read 8,990,035 times
Reputation: 14274
Bad news is they grow slow...good news is the live LONG. Thats a great trade off since some of the trees that grow more quickly (Arizona Ash among them) have a much shorter 20-30 yr) lifespan.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
1,882 posts, read 3,346,341 times
Reputation: 1431
You do the same thing for Oaks to make them grow fast as you do for anything else. Make sure they have what they need and keep them healthy. In the Live Oak case give them suffient water and fertilizer but not too much. Prune properly and at the right times. Periodic applications of compost a few feet away from the trunk and out to the drip line will be very helpful. Congradulations on a fine tree choice. It should give you a life time of pleasure.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 09:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
1,881 posts, read 4,942,093 times
Reputation: 1650
I just bought a 3 foot stick, literally no branches or leaves, that was a hybrid poplar tree. We planted the 3 inch root ball THIS may. It is now over 7 feet tall, and has a wider leave area than my 16 foot live Oak. I am conviced by the end of this year it will catch up with the live oak. The indivdual leaves are also like 20x the size of the live oak leaves, so more shade.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 11:54 AM
 
1,740 posts, read 3,949,019 times
Reputation: 315
I have live oaks in my front and on one side of my back yard. They do grow slowly, but I have been told they do well in rocky soil which is why you see them naturally all over the hill country. My last house had two red oaks in the back yard that nearly doubled in size during the seven years we lived in the house - practically choking out the sun in the back yard. Any idea if Red Oaks do well in rocky soil? We were thinking of planting some Red Oaks in our back yard this fall.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
3,115 posts, read 6,196,388 times
Reputation: 1719
Take a royal empress, which grows to 50 feet and grows 12 feet a year. Lives 70 years. Now take this royal empress and splice it to a live oak. That might speed up the growth rate.



Google Image Result for http://www.fast-growing-tree.com/images/1-3year.jpg
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
10,440 posts, read 10,181,431 times
Reputation: 6004
Thanks for the advice
I was told to cut the lower branches, but how soon should I do it? when they are 6" long or when they are 3 ft long?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
3,115 posts, read 6,196,388 times
Reputation: 1719
By cutting the lower limbs it forces the tree to grow faster. I did this with my Royal Empress and it is making them grow faster. They spend less energy on the lowere limbs.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2009, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
1,848 posts, read 3,075,417 times
Reputation: 1138
Alarmingly FAST growing Southern Live Oak....vs. another I have

New Live Oak Investment

these threads are neat, maybe you could find info to help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2011 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $84,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > San Antonio

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2014, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 - Top