Balfour Willow Cutting
Balfour Willow (Salix 'balfour' (S. caprea x S. lanata)) Cutting
Balfour produces a lot of fuzzy catkins and a has a luscious green leaf during the growing season. If you coppice (prune near ground) or pollard (prune 2-3 ft high) every year, the catkins it produces are perfect for floral arrangements.
Information about planting willow cuttings...
This is a willow cutting for rooting. It is not a tree. To root a willow cutting, stick the cutting directly into the ground or into a pot. Each cutting is marked with a pointed end to indicate the direction of planting... the pointed end goes into the soil.
Willow cuttings can be planted any time of year in zone 8 and above. They are very hardy and cuttings can survive through the zone 8 winters. For zones 7 and below, you can plant indoors under light until the danger of frost has passed. Or if you would like to wait to plant out doors, you can store willow cuttings in sealed plastic in a refrigerator for several weeks.
For planting in soft soil or a pot, simply push the pointed end of the cutting into the soil about half it's length. If you are planting into hard earth, use a wood stake or metal rod about the same diameter as the cutting to create a hole and then push the cutting in.