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!
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.
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.