How to Propagate Dappled Willow

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Things You'll Need

  • Clay flower pot

  • Vermiculite

  • Sharp knife

  • Rooting hormone

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.


Step 1

Fill a large clay flower pot with vermiculite.

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Step 2

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.


Step 3

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

Step 4

Dust the cut end of the shoot with rooting powder.

Step 5

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


Step 6

Water the vermiculite thoroughly.

Step 7

Place the pot in a location with full sun.

Step 8

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