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Growing Weeping Willow From Cuttings - In October!


First time using these forums so sorry in advance if I get anything wrong :smile:

I'm looking for any advice I can get to help me, I potted some cuttings of a Weeping Willow about a month ago, and I'm pleased to say 4 out of 7 twigs appear to have taken, and are  growing new leaves.

My concern is, with winter coming, aren't Weeping Willows supposed to be shedding their leaves and preparing to go dormant? Given the size of these twigs, I am worried if this happens they won't make it through to the spring. Is there anything I can do to maximise their chances?

I currently have them indoors, in a south facing window to maximise their exposure to light. I am a total newbie at gardening.

Also, one of the twigs seems to be flowering! (see pic) That seems odd to me, and if that's the case, should I chop the flower off so it can focus on leaf and root development?

Thanks ^^


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,346
    I would put them outside.
    Cuttings usually grow leaves before roots, those will come during next year.
    By Autumn they should be ready to plant out.
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  • I agree ... get them outside. 

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  • Welcome to the GW forum digital.I grow willows from twig cuttings too, they are easy to root.  My latest batch were cut from the mother tree in September and grew roots within a couple of weeks.  I then pot them up individually into 6 - 7 inch wide pots using garden soil in the pots.  I do all this outside - no heat is required, but keep them somewhere sheltered with a few hours of sunshine each day. I would plant them out next year - depending how well they have rooted i.e. if the roots are showing through the bottom of the plant pot.
    The willow in the picture was grown this way. See the size of the pot - the roots will soon fill it up.
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