Growing a Weeping Willow for a Cutting?

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I am trying to grow a weeping willow tree from a branch. I understand you can boil a branch in water to make a rooting hormone for other plants, if I boil my branch in water will it help the branch itself to grow?


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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

Step 1
Gather fresh branches from the tree or ground. No bigger than a pencil.

Step 2
Remove the leaves and boil.

Step 3
Leave it to steep in half gallon of boiling water for 24 to 48 hours.

Step 4
Pour into a jar using a colander. Discard all the pieces. It will look like light tea.

Step 5
Store in airtight container.

Step 6
You can keep the willow water in the ridge for up to two months.

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September 26, 20171 found this helpful

The answer to your question is no. If you boil this branch in water, it won't help it root or grow. It will only make a rooting hormone to help you grow other plants. If you want to grow a Weeping Willow from a branch you will use these steps.


  1. Find you branch that you want to root to start growing another tree.
  2. Strip all the leaves or extra branches off your main branch.
  3. You don't want this branch to be extremely long. I would keep it around 5 to 6 inches.
  4. At the bottom of the branch you will need to take a knife and lightly scrap away the bark to expose the white center layer underneath.
  5. Use some Oasis foam that you can purchase at any garden shop or ask a florist in your area for a small piece.
  6. Center the small branch in the middle of the foam. Do not push it all the way to the bottom.
  7. Place the branch and foam into a small container and add water.
  8. You need to keep the foam moist and wet while the roots start to grow.
  9. This can take up to 2 to 3 weeks before you see roots growing outside of the foam.

I wrote an article on the site that gives you step by step instructions on how to plant clipping from trees or flower. Please see this article for photos and further informaiton.

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September 26, 20170 found this helpful

Boiling is only for the rooting/growth hormone and not for propagating.

  • Several things to consider before planting a willow tree;
  • Is your property large enough to plant a tree at least 35 feet away from any buildings, leach fields and septic systems, you may have room to grow a weeping willow?
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  • Weeping willows form ambitious root systems that relentlessly seek underground water. Within a relatively short time theyll be filling, clogging and destroying your pipes and foundation if planted too close to your house or septic system.
  • Weeping willow trees quickly develop surface roots that can lift sidewalks out of the ground and damage lawnmowers.
  • Most growers advise home owners to plant their cuttings directly in the prepared ground where you wish your tree to grow.
  • Here are some links with lots of information on Willow trees and how to propagate.

Willow trees are one of the fastest growing trees (6 to 8 feet per year) but really should only be planted where the enormous root system will not harm buildings or outer sheds/septic tanks/sidewalks.

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

Hello ! It is not hormone it is aspirin, and you will have the same result if you use real aspirin that is: acetylsalicylic acid. "Sali", in the scientific name of aspirin, comes from "Salix" the scientific name of the willow tree. I agree with Cybergrannie and I think you should be careful and take good advice from a specialist before planting a willow tree, they can literally dry a land, the roots are even able to rise up into other plant's pots to catch water.


They can even destroy pavement or even concrete if it is on their way to water by creating a real net of roots. Willow tree also breaks easily, big branches can break and even the trunk can split and break. Think twice before planting one, they are not as invading as bamboos but bamboo is an herb and has no roots to go digging for your duct pipes and they are not heavy when they fall.

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