Permaculture forum: Willow Water

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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jun 1, 2016 11:52 AM CST
I can find a lot of information on making and using willow water for rooting plants. I can find a lot of information about medicinal uses of willow water by earlier civilizations. What I can't find is when willow water was first used for rooting plants.

Apparently the Egyptians noted that willow trees rooted easily but does anyone have a reference to when willow branches were first used to root other plants?

Thanks.
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hazelnut
Jun 7, 2016 6:07 AM CST
Ardesia: This one does talk about the history of the willow, but not specifically about the history of willow water.

https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/diy-instructions/home-made...

Given that willow seems to have been everywhere and used as medicine, I think finding the first use of willow water would be an exceptionally hard question to answer.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jun 7, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Yes thank you, I had seen that one too. It seems strange that while there is a lot in the literature about how easily willows root, no one ever mentions who or how they noted that willow water aided root development of other plant material.
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Name: Connie White
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 10:42 AM CST
My father used willow water to water seedlings and transplants for one month after planting every year he would win biggest veg. That he focused on that year. I use it the same way i also add some powdered kelp to each transplant. Every willow has the same qualities.
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Name: Connie White
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 10:44 AM CST
How is this for an ancient black willow? It is massive half the tree was hit by tornado but doesnt really
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Bother it much its very tall and still strong .
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Name: Connie White
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TnWildflower
Aug 30, 2016 10:48 AM CST
Willow water contains a gibraltic acid as well as silicate which is found in rooting hormones you can buy. I havent had luck with that i use willow water. Everything i cut goes directly into willow water and stays till it roots. I change the water after 3-5 days with fresh.
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hazelnut
Aug 31, 2016 7:18 AM CST
With fresh willow water? Here we use River Willow http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SAER



Name: Connie White
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TnWildflower
Aug 31, 2016 5:41 PM CST
All willows possess same qualities. I take a big handfull seperate into three to a gallon i use the water in 3 days refill it . its a perpetual rooting hormone for quite some time
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