willow stems - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jstreet766
November 20, 2009
have heard you can start a willow by sticking 3 stems into the ground...I work in garden at HD and we just got curly willow stems in(I thought they were only decorative) but if given a fresh cut will they start a new tree? I know this sounds ??? but Ive been asked more strange questions!!

Answer from NGA
November 20, 2009
It's true! Willow roots easily if the cuttings are fresh. I root mine in plain water. Just set the stems in a bucket of water and change the water every week or so. The water has some magical qualities, too. It contains some growth hormone that will help other cuttings root well. It's almost like Rootone, except it's liquid and it's homemade. You can try taking cuttings of other plants, setting them in moistened potting soil and watering them with the willow water. Enjoy your propagation projects!

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