Quick Start Guide to Growing ROOTED

 Hybrid Poplars and Hybrid Willow Trees

By Bill Ryder, RydersPlants.com

First thing’s first: if you are a customer of mine and have any questions about this after reading everything below, please contact me at the email provided in your package before planting.

Hybrid Poplars and Hybrid Willows are both very hardy and grow extremely quickly.  Treatment, care and initial planting of each are similar.  The following is a “Quick Start” guide to planting fresh cuttings.  This will be improved over time with pictures and videos .

***Note for Summer***: Much of the USA has had very high and sustained temperatures this summer. This can be especially hard on young plants of any kind and I've had customers losing young cuttings and young plants of very hardy species that I've never had this problem with before. I am recommending to my customers therefore, that any and all new plants you may buy be kept in pots inside a residence, or outside in a shady spot that gets no direct sunlight, and wait to plant outside in fall until high daily temperatures in your area are consistently under 80 degrees. Also be very sure to water these plants at least once a day, maybe twice if you find the soil dry as a bone at watering time. Ideally the soil should not become dry and should remain moist 1/2 inch under the surface of the soil and deeper. I think the soils are really drying out because the temps are causing very quick evaporation.

Planting these is straightforward and simple! Put a well draining potting mix into a planter or other container with drain holes in the bottom, or into a 1 foot diameter and 1 foot deep hole outside.  Well draining potting mix may be a store bought soil mix, usually containing one or more ingredients like soil, peat, coconut coir, vermiculite, perlite and compost. Starting the plant in your environment will be most successful if you establish them in a pot first so that you can control the soil mix, light and watering very precisely, and then plant outside in either early spring or fall. That said these usually do well in most environments; you might want to be a bit more careful at the edge of growing zone ranges, if your soil is especially challenging or other more challenging environments.

Once you plant your tree in its final location it is very important to keep it watered so that the soil never totally dries out for the first few months.  They will grow in full sun to partial shade in many kinds of dirt and are drought tolerant ONCE ESTABLISHED, but the greatest threat is going to be packed, dry soil.  They need the soil loosened a bit around them at planting time and to be kept from completely drying out FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.  If you have soil that dries out quickly I would recommend amending with peat moss or composted mulch to aid in water retention.

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