The Q&A Archives: Propagation Corkscrew Willow

Question: What are the recommended methods of propagating the Corkscrew Willows (Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa')?

Answer: Willows are extremely easy to propagate by cuttings. Just cut a branch (1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter), and then cut the branch into 3 or 4 inch pieces, making sure each piece has one bud. Lay the pieces on dampened potting soil with the bud up and exposed, covering the ends with additional potting soil. Roots will form opposite of the bud and a new stem with leaves will appear when the plant has rooted. You can do this any time this spring or summer and have new willow tree saplings by this fall.

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