Re: Propogating Hybrid Willow Trees

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Posted by Nancy on April 25, 2003 at 18:13:39:

In Reply to: Re: Propogating Hybrid Willow Trees posted by Jeanne on April 25, 2003 at 13:27:17:

: : We recently built a lovely house that now sits in the middle of a former cornfield. It is extremely windy, and we spent $300 on 30 Hybrid Willow Trees to help create a wind break. The trees have not only survived, but thrived! What came as 4 foot tall sticks two years ago are now 16-18 feet tall. The problem is that we need more and I would prefer creating my own instead of paying $10 a tree. Here's my plan, and if anybody has any advice on exactly how to do this, then please let me know.
: : I'll take a sharp knife and cut a twig from a tree right above a bud (do I need to wait until it has leaves?), stick some rooting powder on the cut end, stick it in a glass jar, and wait for roots to appear. When they appear, I'll plant them in a container and nurse them along until they can survive in the windy world. Does anybody see any problems with this plan? I need ADVICE!!!

: I am wondering the same thing myself. My friend has a weeping willow that grows about a foot a year...I wonder if I can just cut part from it and stick it in the ground after it has roots? Did you have any luck?

Well, I decided to wait until it has leaves on it. My reasoning here is that I don't want to rob the leaves of energy while they're still developing--let them get developed, and then have the branch spend energy forming a root system. I don't know if that's sound reasoning or not! I'll try it in June and let you know. Nancy

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