A few years ago an absolutely BELOVED English walnut tree here on our farm split down to the base of the trunk during an ice storm. It revealed a large rotten portion of the main trunk. (We’ve only lived here nine years, but a neighboring farmer told me that tree was approximately 60 years old.)
I convinced my husband to leave about 3 feet of both pieces of trunk in place, hoping that it might sprout new branches. I was delighted to see some suckers sprout over the last 2 growing seasons.
We have purchased a new farm and will be moving this fall. I REALLY want to try to root a number of the branches to plant at the new farm. I tried creating willow water and putting a few branches in that but that was a total failure.
The only routing powder I have on hand does not seem to support barked branches.
I’ve done a few searches here on the tree for him and can’t find any recommendations for how to route branches from an English walnut. Any suggestions please?
The branches/suckers are growing from the old trunk. I’ve been nervous about cutting and potting them.
Will they grow roots if I simply cut them and put them in potting soil? Or should I put them in water first to root?
I’ve done several searches but cannot find anything specific to rooting English walnut clippings.
The original tree was such a glorious and beautiful tree. I’m old enough I’ll never see another grow to that magnificence, but I need to try to. I’m positive whomever buys this place we’re moving from will see the split stump with the suckers as an eyesore and remove it. ☹️
Yeah air layering sounds like it could be a good option. I haven't tried rooting walnuts from cuttings, but have heard they can be hard to root from cuttings. Grafting it onto a wild walnut seedling could also be an option.
Best of luck, would love to hear how it turns out whatever you try!
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