I just picked up a broken twiggy section of the large weeping willow in the village as I walked past. I am toying with the idea of growing/rooting it in a container (on concrete patio to prevent vigorous roots) as a pruned specimen, as I know that willows respond so well to this. I know that they need a lot of moisture, too. So, should I attempt this or is that too foolhardy?!
Please, please, please don't plant any of these anywhere near your house or drains, and by near about 100m. might be OK but I wouldn't bet on it.
Bonsai. Wouldn't let it go any further though
Yes, I have no intention of letting it near drains etc and would only plant in a container! I don't know if it would be suitable. We have a small garden so could never plant it out, but I would like it as a container plant. I agree that willow is extremely useful. I do like it very much in the right place
Thanks. So is the verdict that containerised should be ok?!
Can't cause a lot of trouble there. But don't stand it over a gap in the paving.
It's great to experiment, especially when your idea hasn't cost an arm and a leg. Those who never try anything new tell me they never fail.
Aw, thanks for the encouragement guys! Very good point, Nutcutlet . Luckily the slabs are very close together, and each large enough to hold a large pot. Got to love plants for free on a budget. God knows how I'll get through Malvern tomorrow without spending too much!
Am I the only person who thinks plants should be allowed to reach their full potential? I can admire bonsai, but I would not subject a potentially enormous tree to it.
Plant cruelty; if indeed, you can be cruel to a plant.
You can be cruel to a plant Welshonion. I'm always apologising to something.
Anything large grown in a pot is cruelty to the plant whether we label it bonsai or container gardening.
Is it still cruel if you give the plant everything it needs? Cruel to eat vegetables? Cruel to allow any plant to be affected by any kind of pest or disease ever?! In short, cruel to garden at all? To prune ever? To grow anything other than species plants (I.e. those not bred to perform against their natures, e.g. Double flowering)..
I am talking a very large container, here, too!
Don't forget that willows need lots and lots of water