WILLOW WATER has become part of our propagation routine. It increases the success rate for propagation by cuttings. It also has been shown to greatly increase rooting. In this video we describe how we make willow water, by pounding the young branches and adding them to steep in water. We let the liquid mixture sit for 24 hours then add our cuttings that we gather for propagation. A simple technique to be added to your repertoire of growing techniques.
Originally seen in Harrowsmith magazine’s Harrowsmith Reader III, a great publication. In an article ‘Productive Pruning’ it mentioned the work of Dr. Makoto Kawase, then at the Agriculture Canada experimental station at Morden Manitoba in the early 60’s. Here is the original journal citation: Kawase, M. (1964), Centrifugation, Rhizocaline and Rooting in Salix alba L.. Physiologia Plantarum, 17: 855-865. doi:10.1111/j.1399-3054.1964.tb08212.x
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