September 14, 2010

Growing A Willow Tree

One of DH's all time favorite tree is the willow tree. He has always said that he wanted one.  I started to question what are willow tree seeds? Seeing we know we where we can find some at a few public parks and other areas.  My thinking was if we knew what the seeds looked liked or when they seeded we could get some and just grow a willow tree.

A few weeks ago we were @ my mom's house. My step sister was there and we asked her if she happen to know. She said I think you can take a branch, a cutting, and it will grow. So with that I asked my mom if I could borrow her computer to look it up. Seeing there was a willow tree there that we could take a branch or two from it that turn out to be the case.

It was clear that yes, a cutting or broken branch can and will indeed grow and take root for MOST willow tree varieties. Of all the different varieties there are only 2 of them can not be cultivated in this matter. So with that we took a few small branches of the tree that was available to us.


I came home and place it in some water. We have noted the leaves are starting to dry out and fall off. I thought perhaps it didn't work but today we noted there are roots starting to grow off the branches.

In about a week we'll transfer the branches to a pot with soil and leave it  inside for the winter. We think we'll keep them in a pot until they are bigger and then transfer the biggest strongest one to the yard and give away the other ones if they all make it that is!

4 comments:

  1. That is awesome! I look forward to seeing it grow right along with you!

    Blessings~
    Laura

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  2. I, too, am looking forward to your progress w/ the willow tree. We told the munchkins that someday when we move to a house w/ more land, they can choose the tree they'd like. DS #1 wants a willow tree.

    Cute story: When he was about 4 years old, we passed a house that had a huge willow tree out front. He said, "Mommy, that tree looks like spaghetti!"

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  3. Looks like spaghetti! Love it! :)

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  4. Fantastic! And guess what? Jeff and Mr. Dudich have the same favorite tree! I can't wait to tell him that we can get some sprigs...if only we can find someone who HAS one in their yard, ha ha! BTW, I tagged you in a game: http://thankfulwoman.blogspot.com/2010/09/top-10-things-ive-done-that-scared-heck.html

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