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steph182
10-04-2010, 08:43 PM
We have a little willow tree in the back garden, not one of the proper sized ones. Is this okay for Charlie to chew on? :)

steph182
10-04-2010, 10:46 PM
No one know? I'm presuming it's the same thing so okay but I wanna check first!

lildebs
10-04-2010, 10:52 PM
I would think a willow tree is a willow tree despite size? but not 100%...:D

VickiP
10-04-2010, 10:58 PM
I think so, I had a twisted willow tree in mine and the buns seemed to enjoy nibbling it, they didn't eat a lot at a time but, it didn't do them any harm, if anyone knows any different please let me know as I have chopped it down and saved two large sections of the trunk to have in the runs as jumping/gnawing wood. It grew from 5ft to being absolutely massive, way too big for the garden - I had to resurrect my dog from underneath (we are moving) and I have managed to salvage a cutting to keep in a large pot, not sure if it will work or not but, I hate to think I have killed a tree so fingers crossed it will survive. Stef what sort of willow is it you have?

areia
10-04-2010, 11:10 PM
I think so, I had a twisted willow tree in mine and the buns seemed to enjoy nibbling it, they didn't eat a lot at a time but, it didn't do them any harm, if anyone knows any different please let me know as I have chopped it down and saved two large sections of the trunk to have in the runs as jumping/gnawing wood. It grew from 5ft to being absolutely massive, way too big for the garden - I had to resurrect my dog from underneath (we are moving) and I have managed to salvage a cutting to keep in a large pot, not sure if it will work or not but, I hate to think I have killed a tree so fingers crossed it will survive. Stef what sort of willow is it you have?

willow contains a rooting compound its not that easy to kill one, hense the living sculptures people do, the bark can be use to off new shoot for other plants to promote root growth, you can try differant methods, try putting some cuttings in water and try just sticking in straight into pot,

as far as i can see there isnt differance between them im just looking up now, most common is the weeping type, they are prolific growers thats for sure

VickiP
10-04-2010, 11:16 PM
willow contains a rooting compound its not that easy to kill one, hense the living sculptures people do, the bark can be use to off new shoot for other plants to promote root growth, you can try differant methods, try putting some cuttings in water and try just sticking in straight into pot,

as far as i can see there isnt differance between them im just looking up now, most common is the weeping type, they are prolific growers thats for sure

Wow thanks:D hopefully then, the side shoot I saved will root - it did have little fine roots which were just below the soil level as the base of it was close to the main trunk, yay fingers crossed, I am going to pot it on to a bigger pot tomorrow and stake it as it has branches already that are 5ft coming off it. I do hope it works I will be sooo happy :wave:

prettylupin
11-04-2010, 11:13 AM
There are apparently over 200 species of willow - according to the guy who I get my hay from and who specialises in growing willow too. Salicin levels in the bark differ between species, Dave basically told me to chew it myself and find out! :lol: If it's bitter it's fine... if it dries your mouth out because it is SO bitter it is probably too strong for bun! The best willow is the younger growth.
We have a dwarf standard willow (of some species :?) in a pot and the buns love it when in leaf. Generally as far as willow is concerned you're pretty safe :D