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Willow Water for cuttings :0 #lovethis

Wow I have just read about willow water for cuttings and I have already been and cut some and added it to a jar of boiling water. Have any of you tried this and is it as good as I read ??

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    Geoff Hodge

    Interesting post about willow water - following on from my post about hormone rooting powder on May 22. Personally, I've not tried willow water, but in theory it certainly sounds like it would work.
    The hormone most commonly used in hormone rooting powder is indole-butyric acid (IBA), and willows contain some levels of IBA in their bark. The bark also contains salicylic acid, which acts as a natural fungicide, to help ward off fungal attacks. So, all in all, extracting both substances from the bark will give you a natural rooting compound.
    To make willow water, use young, first-year stems of any of willow (Salix). Cut them up into 2.5cm long pieces and then either place them in a container and cover with boiling water, and allow to stand overnight, or cover with tap water and let it soak for several days.
    After soaking, separate the liquid from the stem pieces by pouring through a strainer or sieve. You can keep the liquid for up to two months if you put it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep it in the refrigerator.
    To use your willow water, pour a small amount into a jar, place the bottom of the cuttings in the liquid and leave them there to soak for several hours.
    If you try it, we’d love to hear how you get on.

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