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Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« on: July 13, 2015, 05:57 AM »
I have always wanted to try and grow a Willow tree bonsai.

Most of the articles I have read have advised that it is a very difficult tree to keep in shape and most people avoid them because they say very little reward for so much effort.

But not to be put off, I am still going to give it a go.  My dad has a willow in his yard so I cut off a branch when I was there last.  Willows root very easily so I put the branch into a bucket of water and hopefully in about a month I should have roots growing.

The branch is very long so I am thinking of cutting it shorter and putting the cut off piece in the water too (double my chances).  The taper on the branch is also very nice and should add great character to the tree.

Lets see how this goes.
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2015, 12:14 PM »
It should be at least a fun project to work on. I would start by shortening the branch somewhat, depending on what style you plan on making.   
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 05:09 AM »
Definitely agree with you on that.

I cut it back and now I have 2 pieces in the bucket to work with.  More fun  ;)
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2015, 05:36 AM »
I have been keeping my eye on this project hoping that it will start to root.

It has only been 10 days but by the looks of things, the rooting is starting.

All over the submerged part of the trunk there are little white bumps starting to form which I really hope is roots

Once again, keeping fingers crossed.
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2015, 09:13 AM »
Plants tend to grow best in the ground.  Plant it.
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2015, 09:20 AM »
LOL - I have to agree.

But I read up that with willow one needs to get the root system started first and then plant it out.  Then the trick is to ensure that the soil never dries out as it is a very thirsty plant.

I should actually do a test and plant one in the soil and see what works better
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2015, 02:57 PM »
I think you need to be a bit more choosy as to where you read things -- or when to believe what you read. 

Willow will root if you lay them flat on the ground and keep 'em damp.  Homesteaders used to cut 3-4 inch willow poles and hammer them into the ground to create living fences. 
 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2015, 02:51 AM »
Interesting.  I never knew that.

Okay...  Let the experiment begin.  I really have limited space in my garden so one of the branches is going into a half barrel flower pot.  It also holds 3 azaleas in training, loads of cuttings so why not one more thing.

The other will stay in the bucket of water. 

The pot does get loads of water and the soil stays damp so it should work.

 

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Re: Willow Tree Bonsai - Salix mucronata
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2015, 07:52 AM »
So the judges are undecided on the experiment as both are still alive and the leaves are budding on both.

The one is the bucket has started to show roots and I think after another week, it should be ready to be planted into a large container.

The smaller of the 2 is still alive and doing well as its leaves have also started to bud.

By the looks of things, I might have 2 willow tree bonsai.