I had my doubts about the Willow cutting I put in a pot two months ago. It was well rooted, but no buds when planted, as I was advised to remove the buds so the cutting continued strengthening its roots once in the ground. I planted ten more cuttings, well rooted in my yard, and cut the buds that sprouted while it was rooting in the water. You asked about why I removed the buds.
So...this morning I took the cutting out of the pot and the roots were gone. Even though the cutting was alive, having scratched the bark and saw green inside the branch, I had to know.
I had new cuttings ready to go with roots as well as buds, and popped one in a pot with miracle grow soil. Hoping to see different results with the new cutting since I left the buds on. I also took a 6 week old cutting from the ground in my yard, and again, so signs of roots. So I will replace the original 10 cuttings, that were rooted, (but I removed the buds) and will keep the buds on this time.
Hoping your way gives better results. The area in the yard that I put the cuttings is well prepped soil, as I had gardens in those areas. I water everyday, a good deep watering, to keep them wet.
If I am missing anything, please let me know. Should I add fertilizer? I read they don't need it, as they make their own. Am I reading too much? LOL. I took the buds off the first batch because I read online that you want the cutting to use all its strength to establish a good rooting in the ground, so take the buds off so it concentrates solely on the roots. Well that didn't seem to work, as the roots never did establish itself anyway.
Any advice, words of wisdom? Am I the only person who managed to mess up a simple cutting? Seems you can't mess it up, but I did.
Just curious if leaving the buds on is what you did and you got results in doing so. Worse comes to worse, next spring I will just buy new willows, already potted and grown. I just wanted to try this one more time, your way.