The Q&A Archives: Willow Tree Starters

Question: I've been told that you can get starters off of Willow trees but the big mystery is how. Just how do you get a starter off of a mature Willow tree?

Answer: Willows are easy to start from cuttings. Just take a healthy branch or shoot that's about an inch in diameter, cut it from the tree, strip the leaves and cut the branch into 3"-4" sections, each with a node or leaf scar on it.

Then lay the cut sections sideways in potting soil so that only half of the cutting is buried. Keep the soil moist and your cuttings will develop shoots from the leaf scar on the top, and roots from the leaf scar on the bottom of the cutting. After the new shoots develop leaves, the roots should be well developed. Plant your new willow trees in the ground and water regularly until they become established.

Hope all your cuttings develop into new trees!

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