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Starting a Willow Tree

Q: I was told, by someone who admittedly is no expert, that the life is 50-80 for the Weeping Willow, which is the Willow we have in mind. Is that correct?

Thank you so much for your help. When you buy a tree, is this info included? (The life expectancy?) Also is it true you can start a tree from a branch off it?

What a valuable service you provide.

A: Yes, this is the expected lifetime of a weeping willow.

Whether or not this type of info is included when you buy the plant depends upon the place you purchase it from. Some nurseries will include basic care and other information.

Willows can be started from branch cuttings.

Cut several small diameter twigs and place the cut ends into a good potting soil mixture (the reason for taking several cuttings is that all of them might not survive).

If possible, dip the cut ends into a rooting hormone first. Water once a week, then transfer the plants once they have established a bit of a root system.

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