I want to make a fedge – a fence hedge – a natural fence that is created by weaving trees together as saplings so they grow into an impenetrable fence. I am going to do this by mixing willow, osage orange, and honey locust seeds together. in 4-5 years I will have a bull strong goat proof fence…
But for now I am starting with planting willow cuttings in 6-9 inch holes so that my shoots can take hold and grow in to willow trees.
Willows root very easily, as a matter of fact, rooting hormone can be extracted by boiling willow shoots that will help other cuttings take root.
The weather needs to be spring like and starting to warm (daffodils blooming).
If you can’t wait, then plant in pots indoors or keep cutting in your fridge.
If you don’t want you immediately begin planting willow cuttings in the ground you can plant in pots by:
Start the willow cuttings in one gallon size pots until well rooted.
The soil mix should contain 50% sharp sand (builders sand).
Rich soil mixes are not necessary and sometimes cause the cuttings to rot.
Good drainage is essential. When growth starts, a light application of organic fertilizer is recommended.
- To plant simply push the pointed end into the soil (buds pointing upwards), leaving two or three buds visible.
- Firm the soil.
- Water. The soil must not be allowed to dry out.
The cutting will initiate roots all along its length, wherever it is in contact with the soil. Keep the pots evenly moist, in light shade and out of the wind until established. The soil must not be allowed to dry out.
The plants are ready to plant in the ground when the roots hold the potting soil in place.
To test, turn the potted plant upside down carefully separate the pot. If the soil/root ball is firm with no chunks of soil wanting to fall off, then it is ready to plant.
Before planting, soak the plant (in the pot) in a bucket of water. Hold it under the surface of the water until air bubbles stop rising to the surface. Now all the soil is soaking wet.