Willow Trees

Starting new willow trees from cuttings

These cutting remind me so much of forsythia but they are in fact willow tree branches from a very old tree at my husband’s grandfather’s farm across the road from us.

Our daughter loves weeping willows and has bought several and planted at her new home on our family farm but they have all died.

Hubby and I decided to get some cuttings from Granddaddy Harry’s farm and see if I could get them started in a bucket of water.  We cut about 50 branches of new starts, old branches and broken branches.  I put them in a five-gallon bucket and filled it with water and placed the bucket under the roof overhang of the east facing side of our house/  They set there for about two months and the roots that came out on those branches were quite plentiful and very  healthy.

Strong roots on practically every stem.

Willow branches rooted and potted.

In April, I set about 20 of the healthiest starts out in buckets of very fertile soil and the majority of them have lived.

New leaf growth and decision time!

Now all she has to do is decide how many she wants and where she will plant them.  If they don’t make it there will be no money lost and my time was worth the wait to watch them become little trees.  I love growing things!

 

4 responses to “Willow Trees

  1. LOL! You remind me of my mother-in-law, who stuck a stick in the pot to prop up a plant and the darn stick grew leaves!

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  2. There’s that green thumb at work again! Miss you, much love

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