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Willow Tea for "No Cost" Rooting of Cuttings

By Horseshoe
August 24, 2011

Need a "no cost" solution for rooting cuttings? Try willow tea. Use green willow branches steeped in warm water and cooled overnight, This solution will stimulate rooting, growth, and good health for cuttings as well as for established plants. The growing tips of willow branches possess high levels of the auxin indolebutyric acid, a synthetic form of which is used in most commercial rooting compounds.

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Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Dec 4, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Dear Horseshoe, on the first day I started my Horticultural career my new boss asked me to give the botanical names of 10 plants he showed me. I had no idea at all about the names and the first one he asked me was a weeping willow. He then in depth told me it was a Salix. This does not come from latin but old English I was informed. Sal meaning near and ix meaning water.
For getting the name wrong he made me clean the massive pond in the park, I worked at of all the leaves in the dirty pond. It was January and freezing in that pond. He stated "It was character building for me."
After three very cold days of cleaning, he explained that willow will root almost anywhere. So as soon as I had warmed up in the spring. I was shown how to simply stick bits of willow into the soil and it grew.
Amazing plant, but not in a frozen pond in January. Near water he said, yes three days in freezing water, cleaning out willow leaves.
Hope you are well? Keep warm and safe.
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Dec 5, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Howdy, Neil..

And "Brrrr..." Such a cold remembrance you have. :>)

Thanks for the info re Salix, I would've thought it to be Latin or Greek. Your boss must've been gloating about his knowledge, eh? As for me, I'm glad to hear old English comes into play with some of the botanical names. It's a nice change!

Hope ya'll aren't suffering this winter as you did last year. Here it is cold, then warm, colder, then warmer. I'm ready for spring to arrive already. I need the new growth around me.

Best to you and yours,
Shoe
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Dec 5, 2014 3:33 PM CST
Dear Horseshoe, I can assure you that being up to my waist in ice cold water was not fun! I am sure though that the water I was in ,was totally useless for cuttings! Rolling on the floor laughing
It has not stopped raining and yes it is freezing for over a week now.
Soup and some warm bread weather.
Take care.
Neil.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horseshoe
Dec 6, 2014 3:01 PM CST
"I am sure though that the water I was in ,was totally useless for cuttings!"

Hah! It took me a minute but I caught the meaning! Hilarious!

Too funny!
Best.

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