propagating a weeping willow..

whodaz(7)October 30, 2009

hello there..

I am trying to propagate a weeping willow.. I got a cutting from the mother tree then I put just a little bit of rooting hormone powder since these willows already have rooting hormone in them and placed the cutting inside a little pot. I have been watering it every day to keep the soil moist. how do I know if its alive and it not a dead stick that im watering?

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Scrape the bark off in a spot and see if the wood looks green, if so it is alive. I have had the best luck by cutting off a young green branch either in fall or early spring and planting it directly into the ground where I want the willow to grow. Dig a hole with post hole diggers and plant about 2 feet of a 3 foot long branch into the ground with the tip of the branch pointing toward the sky. Backfill with amended dirt that will retain moisture. Then water it as needed. It will need a lot less water and care than in a pot and have a much better chance of living.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2009 at 9:02PM
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I just put them in a bucket of water and in 2-3 weeks they have roots and they're ready to go in the ground.

-Little John

    Bookmark   November 2, 2009 at 4:44PM
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