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Kathy Swann
Kathy Swann • 1 year ago

Willow Tea as a Rooting Hormone: Willow bark contains natural plant growth hormones & thus is a FREE easy to make rooting hormone used to propagate plant cuttings. How to make Willow Tea: Collect young twigs/stems of any of willow species with green or yellow bark. Remove all leaves. Cut the twigs into short pieces about 1", & place them in a heatproof container. Cover the cut stems with boiling water, just as you would when brewing tea. Allow the willow and water to steep overnight.

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Home-made rooting hormone. Willow trees contain a lot of natural rooting hormone. To make it cut 15 to 20 thin twigs (any variety of willow tree). Place the twigs in a bucket, top with water, cover with lid. Let this sit for at least 24 hours then strain out the twigs. Alternately, you can put them in a pot of water and bring to boil. Let steep for 1 hour before use. Place cuttings in the water solution a day before potting. Can be refrigerated for up to one month.

How to make more willows from cuttings...gotta love Mother Nature!

How to Make a Rooting Hormone. Cut 20 thin willow branches, cut into 3'' pieces, soak in a gallon of warm water for 24h, drain. Let your seedlings soak in it for 24h, plant. Keep the left over solution in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Willow branch tips are full of growth hormones in the spring. They may be left in a bucket (whip around occasionally to vortex and oxygenate water, maybe don't spill so much as I do in this photo!) for a week or two. This makes a Willow sun tea that can be used for watering in spring cuttings and seeds, substantially bolstering root formation and quickening germination. After the Willow itself roots out (and it will) you can plant it--each frond will make a clonal tree. Its magic.

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    I have been using willow-root water forever as a rooting hormone. As a Master Gardener for WSU Extension I recommend only WWater for rooting. I cut up a few branches in 1 to 2 inch pieces, and put them into 2-3 cups of water, to over-saturate it. I gently warm in the sun or over a heat vent in winter or over the hot water heater for a couple of weeks. Then I use all that hormone-rich water to dip any cuttings I have before planting them, for thins such as lavender cuttings, rosemary sages, and all semi-woody and woody plants. Sometimes I'll cut early in the morning, leave in hormone for a few hours or overnight, then plant them the next day. They always have a much higher rate of rooting than without or even than with that nasty artificial -and highly poisonous!- commercial rooting hormone.

Create a willow border in the garden - weave small, flexible willow branches around larger branches staked into the soil.

I would love to do something like this! plant willow before they totally leaf out. Not weeping willow or shoots from large willow trees (they’ll get too big). Instead look for willow that grows weedy and reedy by creaks and streams in your area. Take thumb-size cuttings 6-8′ long. Park them in water in a cool dark place. And when you’re ready, simply push them in the ground and water, water, water. Woo-hoo!

Willow-weave path

The living willow fence- In short, you take long and straight willow stems and plant then in a line in the spring (just stick them in the ground), weaving them into a desired form and tie joints together for stability for the first few years for stability (elastic is good for this, but will need to be removed eventually).

Live willow fence

Living willow arch and fencing- I wonder what I could use for a living fence that would grow in Alaska