Growing a Weeping Willow from a Cutting in a Pot?

My parents have a weeping willow in their yard that originally came from my grandparents over 30 years ago. They are selling the house now and I want to have a cutting to grow a new willow.


The problem is I don't have a house with a yard yet. I am house hunting, but we don't have a specific date yet.

How long can I grow the cutting in a pot? I want to take the cutting between now and the next month. I won't have our house with a yard for 2 months to 8 months. How long can it stay in a pot?

Thanks for any help.

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August 7, 20190 found this helpful

You can grow it in 1 gallon or 5 gallon pots. When it is a foot tall you can transplant it. It seems to be a long time to wait. Put it in the 1 gallon first and then the 5 gallon to buy yourself more time.

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August 9, 20190 found this helpful

Thrifty Fun had this topic discussed by an expert in 2006. I am attaching the link.


I hope you are able to keep the tree going. That is a lovely tradition!

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August 11, 20190 found this helpful

I do not believe there will be a problem with leaving your Weeping Willow in a pot for several months.
But - I do not believe anyone has addressed the real 'meat' of your question.
You do not have a Weeping Willow tree to plant - you plan to start a cutting from this tree and that could present a big problem.

Are you or your parents familiar with starting cutting from trees?
I wonder what the success rate happens to be for a Weeping Willow cutting?
I believe this is the wrong time of year to start cuttings but since you plan to keep it in a pot, I'm not sure.


Since this is a special project I would suggest you do a lot of research on how to start these cuttings and try to start 10 -20 cuttings just to be sure at least one will grow.

From a garden website:

"Cut a young branch from a healthy, mature weeping willow in late fall or early winter, when the tree is dormant. Use a clean, sharp knife to take a branch between 1 and 6 feet long, about 1 to 2 inches in diameter at its base. Choose wood that is firm enough to resist bending easily. Take the branch early in the morning when the trees tissues contain their highest level of moisture for the day. Keep the branch moist and cool before planting."

You can read the rest of the article here:

You do not say that you will be living in the same USDA site so be sure to check that out.


I'm sure there are other sites with good instructions but you can ask questions on some of the garden forums or ask for help through your local County Extension Office or a Master Gardeners group (your zip code).

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