Someone I was talking to was advocating planting willow trees as cuttings rather than planting bare-root trees, saying the cuttings would actually grow more reliably and vigorously.

Is this good advice if I had free choice between the two and there weren't other factors?

  • Is it the "bare-root" trees made from a cutting? Feb 19, 2020 at 12:08
  • Who knows... it's probably a 1-year old tree if it's like other bare-root saplings I buy from the same place
    – Mr. Boy
    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:10
  • @GiacomoCatenazzi nobody is likely to grow willow trees commercially from seed, so most likely yes. Personally I wouldn't spend more money on bare roots, and more time planting them compared with just pushing a stick into the ground!
    – alephzero
    Feb 19, 2020 at 12:32

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I prefer cuttings: you see a good plant, you accidentally cut few branches, and you plant them. After one or two year, you remove all but one.

Bare-root is always more tricky: hole, watering, etc. So I prefer using "statistics", and so various cuttings, and ignoring most of common rules on planting saplings.

Various plants are created with cuttings (but not all plants are able to create roots from stem/stem modes). When you see "clones" (e.g. fruits plants), usually it means that the plant originated in such manner (or they were grafted). All grape vines you see are all created in such manner (and often cuted twice): also the root stock is a clone derived from a branch.

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