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Weeping Willow

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Question: 155-5201
Can we plant Weeping Willow in Florida? I'm originally from Kentucky. We had no trouble with them back home. Frank, Milbourne, FL

Mort's Answer:
Nursery people in Florida propagate mostly tropical plants for sale. Some mail order house can supply you with the willows. Salix babylonica was grown in biblical times in the mideast. It enjoys a wet area. S. alba will provide less resistance to the wind. I suspect that the wind may be the biggest draw back. Willows grow so fast that you could easily replace their growth with a new planting., if they were to be blown over by the strong winds. S.alba or white willow grows to 60 ft. Thurlows willow grows to about 30 ft as does Black willow. S.caprea or goat willow grows to 25 ft.. These smaller willows probably will stand up, if you are in a windy area.

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Question: 802-3312
Our 20 foot weeping willow has stopped growing and has lost all its leaves. I do not see any sign of insects or disease. What could be the problem? Robert, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
Weeping Willows are an indicator of the drought that many midwest states are suffering. Willows use very large amounts of water. Your tree has gone into dormancy to protect itself. You can apply water daily to revive it or you take a chance that it will come back with more beneficial weather. You can drill about eight holes that will be six feet from the trunk. These holes can be as much as six feet deep. Fill these holes with water every other day until the leaves start to sprout. If your community has water restrictions, you may want to wait for Mother Nature to bring it back.

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Question: 1134-2514
How and when can I make cuttings from my weeping willow? Don, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Weeping willows are one of the easiest to cultivate from cuttings. When I was a teenager I made some for our nursery in Cranston, RI. I took new branches up to five feet long and cut them into six inch lengths. I left two leaves at the top of each cutting. I cut the bottom at an acute angle. Some were cuter than others. I placed them in very sandy soil along a stone wall. This gave them shade for half a day. When it did not rain ,I applied a mist everyday. This was in the early summer and I do not remember losing one of the cuttings. There were over 500 that rooted before the end of summer. They were later planted in the nursery rows. I would suggest putting the cuttings along a foundation near a spigot.

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