PRE-ORDER for 2024! CUTTINGS WILL SHIP IN FEBRUARY 2024.
Willows are a versatile and valuable addition to any homestead landscape. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, they offer a myriad of practical and ecological benefits. One of the primary uses of willows is for basket-making, due to their flexible and sturdy branches. Additionally, they can serve as natural barriers or windbreaks, protecting other plants and structures on the property. Quick growing, they can easily grow 10 ft within a year or so, and are a popular source of biomass.
As spring arrives, willows are among the first plants to produce pollen. This makes them an indispensable early food source for bees at a time when few other resources are available, supporting pollinator populations and ensuring a healthy ecosystem.
Medicinally, willows have been revered for centuries. Their bark contains salicin, a precursor to modern-day aspirin, making it useful for pain relief and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, willows are known to produce rooting hormones. By soaking willow branches in water, one can concoct a 'willow tea' that aids other plants in taking root more efficiently. Thus, incorporating willows into a homestead not only beautifies the landscape but also offers both functional and health benefits, underscoring their significance in sustainable living.
VARIETIES Make sure to carefully read the descriptions of the varieties, some get big, some small, and all have unique characteristics. If you want to have fun pussy willows, we recommend at least two varieties to give you a bit of variation. Some grow well in some climates, and some don't, so its good to try a few and see what works for you.
In order of flowering... (for varieties focused on Catkins)
Showtime/ Winter Green/ Mt Aso
Our willow cuttings are grown at the Farm on Central and come with a 100% survival Guarantee* When you get them, drop them in water, watch until roots initiate, and drop them in a pot with moist soil. Alternatively, although not guaranteed, is to just push them into the ground and keep them well watered (the important part) where you want them to grow. That works really well too!
Yes, it's cheaper to buy larger quantities. We've had great success selling rooted cuttings on Facebook marketplace, to local gardening clubs, or even at our market stand!! So buy a bunch, and sell what you don't want!