trying to root mulberry cuttings using just water with willow cuttings -- the willow branches are cut into one inch pieces.
good idea ? will it work ? it has been 2 weeks , no roots yet . doing water changes every few days to keep the water
from getting foul. thanks -- just using 3 or 4 willow cuttings in each jar to try to get the 6 inch mulberry cuttings to root
I haven't used this method - have read about it some years back and remember one article recommending black willow branches, whack the stems with a hammer to release chemical compounds then soak in water for 24 hours before placing cutting in the mix.
I googled "willow water", couldn't find the above remembrance but did find an article by a Texas gardener with notes from the scientist that experimented with willow water - it may help:
I have some crooked willow branches rooting in water only. The roots are about a foot long since they have been there since the winter. I am giving them to the Master Gardners plant sale. Willow propagates very very easily. Just give them time to make roots.
Willows are one of those plants that will root easily in water but not the mulberry. For the mulberry...use a good soil like miracle potting soil. I would make sure the cuttings are not hard/woody but of new soft green growth. Then dip the ends in rootone and in well watered soil (very wet). For faster rooting...cut a 2 liter soda bottle in half and place on over the cuttings and on top of the soil and press down if you can (for humidity/moisture). I'm rooting many things right now and will take a picture in the morning. So you can get an idea :-)