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Small willow planting advice

WaysideWayside Posts: 845

I lost a large pussy Willow in the storm, and took a load of cuttings, but I don't think they've taken yet.  They haven't died either.

I was in the local garden centre the other day, and saw a nice ramshackle weeping dwarf willow, a decorative small tree.  And couldn't resist it.  When I went to grab the tree, two roots had escaped the pot, and were making  a run for it.  I tried to remove the roots, but did snap the ends off of one.   I bought it none the less and planted it out yesterday.   And have lightly pruned it today.

It's located at the bottom of a bank, I'm hoping the small amount of root damage won't hurt.  But I was wondering whether I should have cut the roots back to encourage regeneration?

I just buried them as is with a good spread, planted it and hoped for the best.  Do you think it will be okay?

Is there anything that will help her along?




  • WaysideWayside Posts: 845

    Also the tree was south facing, and has no stems on the back side.  I'm not that fussed about that.  But it would be nice to have a better distribution of branches.

    How should I prune this?

    How far back from the soil should I prune it too (I was quite shy)?

    And when is the best time to prune willows?

    I found a video that suggests hard pruning these after the catkins have dropped.  I'm not sure if that would be a good idea for it in it's first year after transplanting?  Plus, it doesn't look like it's been hacked back in the past, so one of the lean overs is getting quite thick.  I quite like it's asymmetry as is.

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