Wyrtig

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OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312
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Willow water

One way to induce cuttings to make roots is to place them in a glass of water along with a cutting from a willow – any species of willow will do. It really does work!

In addition to stimulating a cutting to form roots, research at Ohio State University has also shown that willow water prevents damping off and canker. To make willow water, take green cuttings of willow branches and cut them into 1” lengths, then split them lengthwise as well.

Bring a pot of water – rainwater is best – to a boil, and add the pieces of willow. Turn off the heat, cover, and let steep over night. Strain and bottle. Use to soak cuttings, and also to water plants after they have been potted up.

 

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