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Weeping Willow
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:14 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has done a weeping willow?  How did u clone it? and how has it done for you?  It is one of my favourite trees, thinking about trying it.


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Re: Weeping Willow
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 09:50 AM »
Willow is among the easiest trees to "clone" or take cuttings from. Even large branches (over 8") can be rooted simply by placing the cut branch into a bucket of water.

Training a weeping willow (salix Babylonia) bonsai is not easy however. Branches tend to grow upwards and have to be constantly wired downwards and pruned hard to get the weeping look...

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Re: Weeping Willow
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010, 11:23 AM »
And they can require repotting twice a year during the growth and stabilization periods, or pots will be broken. I have had a problem with them shedding branches, but is most likely due to my technique rather than any specific weakness. There are some nice ones out there, but they are a near full time job as Rock intimates.



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Re: Weeping Willow
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010, 11:26 AM »
During severe  ice storm a few years ago, a neighbor's willow dropped several large limbs into my yard.  One was 6-8" across and stuck upright in the ground.  I didn't get around to that part of my yard for 6-7 weeks and by the time I did, the branch had taken root and was starting to bud out.  I ended up having to dig it out.

As for their bonsai-bility, some folks use weights instead of wire to convince the tree NOT to grow more upright.  


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Re: Weeping Willow
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 01:00 PM »
This is my Willow its a Salix Alba, now in training since 2006. When I bought it back than, I wanted to make a pollard willow out of it. After the first carving and training I thought of a statue which is in the heart of Rotterdam, a big harbour in Holland, the center was destroyed in the first days of WW2. my tree kinda looked like this work of Zadkin.

After that it was trained with the thought of Zadkin in mind. 
biggest problem is wood preservation, since it rots and decase easily. If anyone know a clue for this problem..........

Hope you all like it......

with kind regards, Wessel