Do you like millow plants, if you want to try growing millow plants, try growing corkscrew willow (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’). It has an upright shape, unlike the weeping millow, it has upright branches and even the twigs too. Then only then will the growth move to a horizontal shape. The branches are twisted so they are suitable and great for making dried flower displays.
In summer, you’ll see willow branches and corkscrew branches dancing and whistling in the wind. While in winter, the curved shape gives a beautiful landscape impression. This plant has the advantage of having a fast growth like other types of millow. Within a year, the growth can reach a height of up to 24 inches or even more. Height at adulthood can reach 25 feet or 30 feet and spread can reach 20 feet.
But there is also a downside, because of its fast growth, this plant is relatively short-lived like other fast growing plants. The branches are easily brittle, a characteristic of fast growing plants including the corkscrew willow. The corkscrew willow grows well in zones 4 through 8. But if you are growing it in a place with stormy, strong winds, you will have to strive constantly to keep it from brittleness and branching.
If you are growing corkscrew willows, avoid planting them near houses, near gazebos, or main driveways. This is because this plant has fragile branches and breaks easily, so that if it breaks it doesn’t damage your house or fall on the main road of your house.
Growing corkscrew willows is another challenge, where the roots are very aggressive. The roots are shallow, and moist, it can damage your drain if planting near it, or it can damage your patio floor. So, pay attention to the place of planting so as not to damage many of your home facilities.
If you grow the corkscrew willow in the right place, with the right care, it will grow as a beautiful specimen plant for your home. If you are 15 years old, you can replace it with a younger corkscrew willow.
How to Plant Corkscrew Willow
How to grow Corkscrew Willow is usually done by cuttings. Plant this plant in a place with full or partial sun. This plant can easily grow in various types of soil. Moist loam soil is best for growing Corkscrew Willow. If planting in sandy soil, you must keep the soil dry. Maybe you should increase the frequency of watering so that these plants do not dry out. Sandy soil will make it easier to drain the water, so you will need to water it more often.
While planting it in clay with poor drainage is not recommended as it can cause root rot and is low against rotting diseases.
Time to plant Corkscrew Willow
Planting Corkscrew Willow can be any time from early spring to late summer. If you live in an area with a temperate climate, you may be able to plant it any time of the year. Dig a hole as deep as the root ball, keeping the root ball feeling 1 inch above the soil surface. Fill half the hole with soil and add 2 gallons of water. Let it dry, if the water has dried, then fill the hole again with the rest of the soil and press it lightly with your feet.
Give mulch at the roots, always clean the stems from weeds and grass. This plant damage is very susceptible to lawn mowers and eventually causes disease in the stems. So, to eliminate the risk of damage from a lawn mower, you must keep the stalks clear of grass.
At the first planting, you should water it once a week, and then watch the soil dry out. If the soil is very poor and dries up quickly, then increase the frequency of watering. If the growth is slow, you can apply fertilizer in the spring with 1 cup 10-10-10 fertilizer, sprinkle the fertilizer on top of the soil under the tree canopy.
Pruning Corkscrew Willow
Do you need to plant? Of course, because this plant is susceptible to branch fragility, every year you have to prune the branches. It aims to remove damaged and diseased branches or brittle branches.
Usually, during a storm there is a broken branch, immediately afterwards you prune the broken branches for better growth.
Pests and Diseases
The corkscrew willow tree is subject to many pests and diseases. In spring, aphids usually occupy the leaves of the plant in droves. The extract of the leaves is sucked, causing damage to the leaves, even the extract of the stem is sucked. This disease also leaves a sticky substance (honeydew), the substance will worsen the situation, it attracts the sooty fungus to come.
Aphids can be treated with one dose of insecticidal oil, for the treatment of large trees sometimes it is impractical, so you have to increase the dosage. In some cases, predatory insects come to prey on these aphids. So, we don’t need to kill these insects.