Many trees and shrubs are easy to start from a cutting. This is a guide about starting a weeping willow tree from a cutting.
My daughter had to cut down her weeping willow after it was destroyed in a storm. We noticed that the cut logs and branches were starting to sprout. Can a new tree be started from these and, if so, how?
You can just cut off one of the shoots and put it in water, or plant it, but it must be kept pretty damp till it takes root. It will grow with no problem. We have done this several times, they are pretty easy to get going. Good luck.
I've cut branches from a willow and just stuck them in a bucket of water until they rooted. I did this in the spring because of our very cold winters. Hope this helps.
My husbands Grandmother has started willows by cutting a branch and placing it in water until it had good root development. They have always survived once planted.
Just cut clean off broken branches and plenty of regrowth will follow, even if close to ground. Close to ground a "coppice" tree results and when cut higher up a "pollard" results when the new shoots are cut every one or few years. The pollard stem gets wider and wider as time goes on. And every new shoot can be used to made a new tree of as explained.
Willows contain a plant hormone that promotes rooting so they are easy to propagate. A cut branch can actually be stuck directly into moist soil in the summer and roots will develop after only a few short weeks. To root other times during the year, you can start them in a vase of water and transplant them outside in the spring. Use cuttings that are about 1/2 to 1 inch thick in diameter and about 12 - 16 inches long. You can pound them into the ground with a rubber mallet until only a couple of leaf nodes (1-2 inches of the cutting) remain above the ground. You can also tie bundles of cuttings together (each about as thick as a pencil and about 3 feet in length) and lay them horizontally in shallow trenches. This will create a dense "fence" effect as the cuttings sprout. Remember that willows are invasive and grow massive roots. Keep new cuttings well away from driveways and sidewalks, foundations and septic systems.
How do I start a willow tree?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By Carol B. from Pittsburgh, PA
All you have to do is put the cut end in water and change it every 2 or 3 days, be sure there is room between the twigs so don't crowd them in a glass or jar.
Rinse the stem ends when you change the water but stop rinsing them once you see roots, just carefully flood the jar with warm water until it is clear again, once roots start appearing simply pot them up and try to keep them in a warm area, they grow like crazy so be prepared! Corkscrew willows can be kept in a pot for many years and make beautiful trees.
I don't know how to start one but I DO know the one we had (weeping willow) in our yard in Louisiana interfered with the plumbing! they are very invasive and not good near any plumbing lines. Put it far, far away from the house! It was beautiful and I enjoyed it until it started it's bad ways and I'll never have another!
It doesn't require much effort at all. We have a beautiful curly willow that was damaged by an ice storm in the Spring of 2008. While we were cleaning up the debris, on a whim we stuck several branches into the moist spongy soil. We now have healthy trees growing, and are planning to transplant several next spring.
Thank you for your help. We have two suckers we will be removing and wanted to replant for more trees. You answered all our questions clearly. Again, we Thank you.
GRAYCAT926 from Bolton, CT
Willow cuttings root easily because the tissues contain a natural root-promoting hormone. They can be started any time of the year in pots, or outside in late winter or early spring.
To start a tree from a cutting, select a healthy branch that is approximately 1/2 inch to 1 inch in diameter, and about 10-15 inches long. If planting outside in the spring, pound the branch into moist soil with a rubber mallet, leaving two or three leaf nodes exposed above ground. The site should receive at least a small amount of shade during the day to allow the roots to develop properly. Roots will start to form within a few weeks, and by fall the cutting can be carefully transplanted to a permanent site-ideally as far away as possible from foundations, water pipes and sewer lines.
To root a cutting indoors, simply stick the branch in a small pot of moist soil and transplant it outside as soon as the danger of frost has passed.
Can I clip a piece of my downed willow and make a new willow?
Willows root pretty easily and you shouldn't even need any rooting hormone (many of these compounds are made from willow anyway). If the tree has been down for a short time, you should have no trouble rooting it as the stems will still be live for a period after it has fallen. If the tree fell due to disease, I would not root cuttings as that could be transfered to the new trees.
Take a cutting from new wood on the willow, about 8" long (new wood is a term for that season's growth). Leave only 2-3 leaves on it at the tip. At the base of the cutting, gently scrape off some bark on two sides of the stem. This will help roots to grow from that area.
Place the stem in a 4"-6" pot with moistened potting soil. I like to use a potting mix that is for seed starting. Cover the pot with a plastic bag to keep the humidity high. Place the covered pot in a partly sunny location (morning sun is best). Check the soil daily to see if it needs watering. Spray the soil with water as needed and put the bag back on the pot.
After 4-8 weeks, roots should begin to grow. You can check the drainage hole on the bottom to see if you see any roots growing or gently pull on the stem to see if you feel any resistance. If you do, then roots have started growing. Once you know roots are growing, removing the bag and continue to grow it in the pot until roots have filled up the pot. Transplant to a larger pot to grow for another year or so, before putting in the ground. I'd suggest taking more than one cutting in case some don't take root.
I also have another method you could try, but not sure if it will work in your situation. You can use a technique called layering. Simply take a stem, nick the stem with a knife and then bury the wound under soil while the stem is still attached to the tree. After 6-8 weeks you can cut the stem from the mother plant and dig up the cutting with new roots attached. You can usually have a larger plant this way as the stem is still getting support from the mother plant as the new tree is growing roots of it's own. Works great for all kinds of bushes too.
I find if you take a heel branch , it will take root
Can I plant a branch from a weeping willow? Should I use root hormone on it?
I would say definitely on the root hormone. I know that you can root the curly willows in water first. It should not be hard either way. It is almost impossible to kill those darn things!
How do you grow roots on a weeping willow cutting?
By Nick J.
My friend simply cuts a good sized stem and puts in in the ground while the leaves are still coming out. After that time, I would normally put the stem into a container of water until roots showed up. Willow has a natural affinity to 'root', in fact, you can boil willow plant, and use the cooled water to root other plants, by dipping the stem into the water, then placing in dirt.
I have taken some cuttings from a large weeping willow at the end of our road. They are now well rooted and I was just wondering if these will grow into mature weeping willow trees?
Yes, so be sure to give them lots of room to grow!