Handcrafted Willow Baskets & Willow Cuttings
from the Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
The willow varieties in the table have grown well at Dunbar Gardens in northwest Washington. Most of them are very useful for basketmaking; some are good for hedges, living fences, sculptural work, or garden ornamentals. There will be a great deal of variation in the color of the dried rods. There is a list of other varieties below the table which we can also sell as cuttings.
Other Salix varieties available: Lancashire Dicks, Purpurea x daphnoides, Jagiellonka, Welch, Goldstones, Reeks, Richartii, Koriyanagi, Black German, Noir de Challans, Grisette Droda, Multinervis, Mawdesley, Continental Osier, Kottendheider Weide, Long Bud, Continental Purple, Bory Pescara, Forbyana, Irette, Fanny's White, Rouge Ardennais, Jaune de Falaise, Laurina, Natural Red, Raesfeld, Wantage Hall, Fransgeel Rood, Bouton Aigu, Cardinalis
Steve's favorites: Dicky Meadows, Green Dicks, Dark Dicks, Polish Purple, Eugenii, Noir de Touraine, Whissender, Harrison's, Harrison's B, Britzensis, Basfordiana Farndon, Natural Red.
How to order: We have finished taking cuttings orders for 2013. Thanks!
We are happy to answer your questions about cuttings year round. We take orders for cuttings from January 1 - April 21. The best way to propagate willow is from dormant hardwood cuttings; so we have to limit the sales to these months. We will ship the cuttings from February through the end of May. We will only ship cuttings to addresses in the USA.
To order send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the varieties and the quantity of each you would like to order. Please include your shipping address with postal zip code. We will confirm the order by email. Prior to shipping we will give you the total price including postage. Your order will be mailed after we receive payment by check or money order. We can also bill you through PayPal.
Orders will be shipped Priority Mail. Orders can also be picked up at the farm after arranging the time.
We will try to ship your order according to your preference. Please give us an idea of when you would like to receive the cuttings for planting. In general, we don't recommend shipping before March for most locations.
Our production of willows for our basketmaking and classes allows us to select good sized cuttings to insure successful rooting in your garden. Our cuttings are 10-12 inches in length. Full size rods for living willow fences and structures available for shipping are 7-7.5 feet in length. Longer rods are available on the farm for pick-up.
Price is determined by the quantity of each variety ordered.
For 2013: 3 for $5.00 // 5 for $7.50 // 10 for $12.50 // 20 or more $1.00 each
Please remember that the quantity discount does not apply to the total number of cuttings but the total of each variety.
Can't decide which to order?
Basketmakers package: 10 each of Dicky Meadows, Dark Dicks, Polish Purple, Noir de Villaines, Whissender for $55.
Color package: 3 each of Dicky Meadows, Dark Dicks, Lambertiana, Noir de Touraine, Harrison's B, Britzensis, Fransgeel Rood, Blue Streak for $30.
Shipping and handling costs are $13 for up to 75 cuttings; $17 for up to 150 cuttings; will quote a price for larger orders. Cuttings are shipped by USPS Priority Mail.
There is a minimum order of $25 for mail orders.
Washington State residents only are required to pay sales tax which is determined by your location.
Prices for full size rods:
Yes we sell full size rods for living willow structures and fences. We will send the best rods we have available for your project.
$3.00 each for 7 ft. rods.
Orders are shipped by FedEx Ground and will be quoted for each order. Expect shipping costs between $50-$90 per box of 50-80 rods.
Planting and growing tips:
Basket willows can be grown in a wide range of soil types, but they prefer well drained soils in full sun. The willows will grow in almost all areas of the US. Willows in general have a tendency to be variable to climate and growing conditions.
Your willow bed should ideally be free of any perennial weeds. Get your willow growing area ready the year before you plant. The soil is often too wet in the early spring when you will want to plant the cuttings.
Spring is the best time to plant, March through May. Leave the cuttings in your fridge until you are ready to plant.
Willow roots easily from cuttings. Plant by simply pushing the cuttings into the ground with the buds facing up. If the soil is rocky or compacted, make a hole with a dibber for each cutting. Try to plant the cuttings 6 to 8 inches into the ground. Leave 2 or 3 buds above the soil surface. Firm the soil around the planted cuttings.
Maintain and check for adequate soil moisture during the first summer. Minimize competition for water and sunlight from weeds or other plants. Mulching the plants can be helpful.
Spacing of the willows depends on several factors including how the willow will be harvested, how weeds will be controlled, variety, and soil fertility. We are using a spacing of 9 inches in the row by 32 inches between rows for most of our basket varieties. We have also used 12 inches by 24 - 36 inches. Wider spacing is appropriate for producing large rods for garden structures, trellises, or living fences; or when growing in poor soils. Hedges can be planted in a single row spaced from 12 to 24 inches; or a double row planted 24 inches apart with the plants offset.
Basket willows are usually coppiced to the ground annually, including the first year. Only an inch of the original stem needs to be left above the soil the second spring. This approach will give you more straight and uniform rods. We do leave some rods to grow for two or three years for sticks, stakes, and for peeling. We have also found the variety "Nana" to grow well being cut as a mini pollard. You can choose to grow all your willows as pollards which is an attractive landscape feature.
Attractive hedges can be produced by coppicing alternate plants in alternate years just before the willow leafs out in the spring. The result is a hedge that will look good year round; highlighting the winter rods that are more colorful in the first and second years growth.
Take a look at our webpage about basketry willow for some more information and photos of the willow at Dunbar Gardens: basketry willow.
Visit the Dunbar Gardens blog at willowbasketmaker.com for photos, info and more about growing willow and Katherine's baskets.
Dunbar Gardens / 16586 Dunbar Road / Mount Vernon, WA 98273 USA
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