Willow Tea is a home-made rooting solution for cuttings.
Spring is a great time to pick willow twigs.
Keeps for 2 months in the fridge.
- Pick a handful of new, green willow twigs in spring*
- Strip off the leaves
- Chop the twigs into 2cm pieces
- Fill a large jar/jug with 1/3 willow pieces
- Top up with 2/3 boiling water
- Leave on a sunny window sill for 3 days
- Strain the Willow Tea and store in a jar/bottle
- Soak fresh cuttings overnight in Willow Tea before planting
New willow twigs are packed with Indolebutyric acid which enhances root growth and Salicylic acid which fights bacterial and fungal infections.
*If you are harvesting from a tree later in the year, choose the end shoots.
I put cuttings of 2 different types of mint plant in Willow Tea and water to see the difference. Results to follow…watch this space!