how do I go about taking cuttings and planting on willow?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,246

    Take cutting about 12 inches long from last years geowth. They should be about the thickness of a pencil. The bottom of the cutting should be just bellow  a leaf node. plunge the cutting into a pot of compost or directly into the ground, with about 6 inches of shoot buried. By autumn they should have rooted and can be planted out next sspring.

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  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Willow cuttings root incredibly easily.  I give our contorted willow a hard hair cut around now each year, and put some of the shoots in water in a vase to loook nice for a couple of weeks, and they invariably root.  I have also dumped some in a trug full of rain water and they have always rooted well too.  Go for it, they will do well.

  • If I take willow cuttings now will I be able to plant them out next spring?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806


    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    With most willows if you stick a hardwood cutting, any lump of willow, any diameter, in the ground this side of winter you have a rooted plant coming into leaf in spring. This probably doesn't apply to weaker willows like 'Flamingo'

    Last edited: 03 September 2016 16:11:32

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 5,187

    Or if you lop untidy bits off and forget and leave them lying..they'll root too. image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,256

    also true

    privet does that as wellimage

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