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Name: Becci Taylor
NE (Zone 5b)
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Beccimarie
Sep 21, 2017 4:29 PM CST
Hi. This is the second year for these bushes and I have seen no catkins. The little buds are visible but never grow. It gets very tall and dies for winter. Does it need a fertilizer or something? Thanks


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Name: Tiffany Wreathfreshâ„¢
Puget Sound, WA (Zone 8b)
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LivingWreaths
Sep 22, 2017 2:14 PM CST
I just purchased one of these beauties, and they need full sun. They also like lots of water. I cant determine from your photo what direction they are facing, but it may need more sunshine.
Name: Becci Taylor
NE (Zone 5b)
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Beccimarie
Sep 22, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Thanks! I guess they will have to be dug up then and moved to the East side of my house. Plenty of sun there! Would moving be best in fall or spring? Thank you!! Smiling
Name: Tiffany Wreathfreshâ„¢
Puget Sound, WA (Zone 8b)
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LivingWreaths
Sep 22, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Becci, what direction are they facing right now? Mine is planted in the middle of my front yard in full day sunshine (its the SW corner of property, what I call "no mercy" zone). You typically find pussy willows growing in Wetlands, marshes or bogs, so keep that in mind when you relocate it.
I'd wait until it becomes dormant in the fall.
We transplanted ours from a pot (about 2ft lil twig) in the spring and it already had catkins. Now its 5 times the size! Also, if its near your lawn (that you fertilize) it may be getting too much nitrogen. Hope that helps. Let me know how it goes when u transplant. :)
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Leftwood
Sep 22, 2017 3:53 PM CST
Also, your willow will grow to be at least as big as a small tree. So it is planted too close to the house.
When you transplant in the very early spring or the fall, it is typical for willows to protest, and parts (or maybe even all) of the above ground branches may die and turn black. But the plant is not dead. In 2-4 weeks (if planted in the spring) you will see new growth, most likely from the base of the plant.
Name: Becci Taylor
NE (Zone 5b)
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Beccimarie
Sep 22, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Thanks so much. I love the plant, didn't realize how big it would get! It faces west now, but I do have a big tree out there. So I will let it go dormant and replant in the backyard where water collects. I wish I had a guide on all this stuff, thanks for the help!!

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