10 x 30cm/12in long Black Willow cuttings to be planted between December and March.
Black willow dries to have a lovely black/purple colour. Yearly coppiced rods or whips grow up to 7 foot and mostly grow branchy. In a basket the straight rods give a wonderful highlight of dark colour. In addition, the branchy rods look beautiful in flower arrangements.
Firstly, plant your willow cuttings through weed suppressant fabric to give your willow the best chance to establish. It is a good idea to prepare the weed suppressant for planting before your willow cuttings arrive.
Planting distances depend on what you want from your willow cuttings. If you are planting for basketry willows I recommend planting 30cm between willow cuttings with 60cm between rows. From my experience block planting the willow cuttings seems to give the best results. If you wish for your willows to grow larger or even into trees then increase the planting distances as required.
When you receive your willow cuttings please plant them as soon as possible. However, if you can’t plant them straight away put your willow cuttings in a cool place or even in the freezer wrapped in a plastic bag. As long as the weather is still cold you can plant your willow cuttings until the end of March.
For bundles of willow rods, cut your willow back to the original cutting every Winter.
Your order will include planting instructions. Sarah Hatton cuts the willow to produce your willow cuttings from our smallholding in Caerphilly, Wales.
September 2023 – mid January 2024
In early January 2024 I will post pre-orders received from September 2023 onwards. I will use Royal Mail to send your parcel 2nd class signed.
Mid January 2024 – End of March 2024
From mid January 2024 onwards I will post willow cuttings orders once a week on a Tuesday. I will use Royal Mail to send your parcel 2nd class signed.
To arrive in the freshest condition I cut the willow after you have placed your order.
Details of all our willow varieties can be found on our willow page.