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Trying to root Willows..... 
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Post Trying to root Willows.....
Hello everyone
I know they have been declared a weed in many parts but we have decided to grow some weeping willows to plant on the islands we have created in the middle of our dams.

I grabbed a couple of stems and a few branches from a tree on the side of the road on the weekend and promptly looked up how to get them to root.

I was wondering if anyone else may have wanted a couple of willows and has done the same?
I have a brown-thumb so need a little more advice than I can find on the net.
They make it out to be so easy to get these trees to root – really? Are they that hardy?

Also looking to purchase a few poplars too – but cant find tube stock anywhere on the net except for overseas nurseries – probably using the wrong keywords.
Anyone have them multiplying on their place and would like to be unloaded of the little ones springing up?

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
This plant nursery is at Gundaroo and has poplars. http://www.parkwoodpines.com.au/html/lo ... oplar.html

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Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:32 am
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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
My impression with willows that they are among the easiest to strike. I would put some cuttings in water and some more in the ground where you want them to grow and see what happens.

I have heard that to get other types of cuttings to root you put some willow stems in the water with them as it has a substance that promotes root growth, so you should have no problems getting your willow cuttings to take root.

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Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:54 am
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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
Excellent will call the nursery now - thanks Crinia for that info. Not too far away at all :)

guzzigirl so I should put those cuttings into water first?
I read on the net to cut and place into soil (in a pot) but the water makes more sense to me.
I could pot them after they have developed roots for a little while and then transplant onto the islands as we re seed the area (and the sprinkler is there).

Now thats going to be interesting. Bought 2kg of warm seasoned native grass mix for around the recently deepened dams and this brown-thumb is going to sprout them........................:)

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Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:13 am
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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
I would try both, some straight in the ground and some in water. The ones in water should definitely take and you could use them if the ones in the ground don't. Although I suspect you will end out with more than you want.

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
We have several....so pretty especially right now when in flower...
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Good luck I hope your thumb has a colour change ;) .

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
They certainly are pretty.

Mmm so they are the flowers :hmm . Silly me thought they were possible seeds :halo

At least I know nowv :cheersarm

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
The local primary school here just stuck their willow cuttings in water. It was part of an experiment to show them how easy willows will strike roots.

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
Thanks for all the help.

I have placed them in water, I think they stand a better chance of survival with me looking after them then :D

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Post Re: Trying to root Willows.....
I have a few willows and the branches that hit the ground strike well - they don't last long with the alpacas, llamas and goats though.

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