Even in a normal year, when those meteorological variables are tempered, acorn production can be spotty, says Blake Hamilton, a horticulturist at Mossy Oak's Nativ Nurseries in West Point, Mississippi. "Folks often forget that fruit-producing trees are dependent on pollinators," says Hamilton, who oversees a nationwide network of acorn collectors who contribute seeds to the nursery. "A productive oak tree is a product of a healthy landscape." By that he means a biodiverse landscape, one with plenty of wildflowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. He recommends either planting or hunting in an area with a wide variety of vegetation that flowers all season, ensuring that pollinators are in the neighborhood when the oaks flower.