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how do I go about taking cuttings and planting on willow?
Take cutting about 12 inches long from last years geowth. They should be about the thickness of a pencil. The bottom of the cutting should be just bellow a leaf node. plunge the cutting into a pot of compost or directly into the ground, with about 6 inches of shoot buried. By autumn they should have rooted and can be planted out next sspring.
Willow cuttings root incredibly easily. I give our contorted willow a hard hair cut around now each year, and put some of the shoots in water in a vase to loook nice for a couple of weeks, and they invariably root. I have also dumped some in a trug full of rain water and they have always rooted well too. Go for it, they will do well.