This is a beautiful time-lapse of an acorn sprouting into a teensy oak tree over the course of eight months. The film was made by Neil Bromhall, who created a special underground set so the acorn could be seen while it germinated. FACTOID: I sneezed on the bus this morning and germinated the guy's hair sitting in front of me.
The acorn was collected in September and filmed in an underground set using a 2 hour interval between exposures.
The acorn split soon after it was planted and continued to split during the winter months. In January the first sign of root growing could be seen followed in February by the emergence of shoot.
In March the shoot broke through the soil surface.
The leaves formed between March and April.
This is an example of hypogeal germination.
Remember: the greatest oak was once a little nut that held its ground. I remember seeing that on a motivational poster once. It had a picture of this giant oak tree on it, and I thought to myself, My god what I wouldn't give to fall out of that tree and break my arm. Maybe both of them. Think of all the sympathy I'll get at school.
Keep going for the video.
Thanks to Lizzy, who agrees somebody should make it their life's work to do this for every single kind of seed.