How to Propagate Dappled Willow

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The dappled willow, also known as the Japanese dappled willow, is a small shrub that produces bright pink foliage that slowly turns cream and green as it ages. If you have a Japanese dappled willow in your garden, further propagating this specimen is a simple procedure. A dappled willow cutting takes root easily, so propagate this plant through cuttings and then transplant them elsewhere on your property.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay flower pot
  • Vermiculite
  • Sharp knife
  • Rooting hormone

Fill a large clay flower pot with vermiculite.

Cut an 8-inch shoot from the dappled willow plant using a sharp knife. Make sure that there are at least three nodes of leaves on the shoot.

Cut the leaves from the node closest to the cut end.

Dust the cut end of the shoot with rooting powder.

Stick the shoot into the vermiculite so that the shoot stands up on its own.

Water the vermiculite thoroughly.

Place the pot in a location with full sun.

Water the shoot regularly for six months, when the root system will be fully formed and the dappled willow ready for transplanting.

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