Growing Large Oak Trees?
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:29 AM
I guess something changed with the code in one of the recent updates? Perhaps a certain material (for "force-grow tubes") will still work? Or is there a mod? (a mod for "large oak saplings" would be cool) Anyway, I searched around a fair bit but it didn't really lead me anywhere, other than to a thousand "similar-but-older-and-not-quite-the-same" topics.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:41 AM
plant sapling next to it and bonemeal it.
bingo - big tree!
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:44 AM
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:47 AM
So yeah, it works like a charm if all you want is more wood, without a lot of fuss ... you hardly need any room at all now, there seem to be few restrictions for oak tree growth (at least in terms of other oaks being nearby). And to harvest you just start chopping and moving from one end to the other ...
If you want a monster oak, however ... yeah :-/. Not sure how you'd do that if the game doesn't care ... if I were doing this I'd just get out the bone meal and start rolling the dice. :-) Not a great solution, but at least you know it would work eventually, eh?
Maybe someone else has come up with a workaround ... you know, put a pressure plate on the north side and stand on it when you bone meal the tree ... wham, instant monster tree ... lol ...
Seriously, tho ... they should come up with a legit way to do this in survival, IMO, sort of like we do with jungle trees (four saplings). Don't know how, but the monster oak code is already there, why not give us the ability to force it?
Posted 12 November 2012 - 04:48 AM
barrygateaux - Really? haha OK I'll give that a whirl - thanks!
OrfulBiggun - your last 3 paragraphs there is exactly what I'm talking about. I'm looking for large oaks - the extra big ones with horizontal branches & the whole 9 yards. Lining some "highways" with them. Need lots. heh
Thanks for the input, folks.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 05:00 AM
I ended up trying 3 high, with a redstone torch on top, and planted the sapling beside that. BINGO! Large oak with branches every time!
(I doubt it has to be sandstone; it's just what I had most of on hand)
[Edit] After doing around 50 trees like this, I found the success rate of growing a large oak with branches was around 80-90%. It bumps up more if you go 4 high. Good enough for me!
Posted 12 November 2012 - 10:29 PM
good trick isn't it
Yes it is! I tried it for myself, and am glad to know about it (and the addendum about using 4 blocks, etc).
Now ... I'd like to know ... WHY does it work? Any idea? :-)
Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:05 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:19 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:58 AM
Egad. Dude, that is very nice. :-) Yeah, you really needed monster oaks for that ... big jungle trees might work, too, but they're so different ...
So what are you going for, here? Something Isengard-ish?
Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:55 AM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:34 PM
Posted 13 November 2012 - 05:46 PM
I too am a lover of big fattie trees, so that trick will definitely help me too. I did notice the change too. It got all wonky after the jungle biome update, I think.