Planting and caring for your River Bush-willow

Tree care

Thank you for taking me into your care! I am going to need your help while I’m small and fragile. But I promise to do the best I can to grow big and strong and tall.  I am an excellent tree for your garden. I grow very quickly and will be able to give you shade after about 4 years. I can reach a height and spread of between 6-9 meters.

Remember I loose my leaves and am leafless for about three months of the year during the winter months. Once my new leaves have appeared (August to November), you will see my flowers. These are small greenish-yellow flower-spikes, round in shape and lightly scented. The flowers will attract a variety of insects and butterflies.

But then my flowers will give way to a four-winged fruit and as my fruit begins to ripen, from about January you will see it change from green to a light brown. The birds love me! Watch out for Pied Barbets that will come to me to feast on the seeds.

As part of ecosystem you will also see wasps that will come to my fruit and lay their eggs through the walls of the fruit, and their larvae in turn, will feed on the seeds inside my fruit. The Southern Black Tit plays its part in my life by coming to me and instinctively tapping the fruit to check if there are larvae inside. If there are, this bird will open the fruit and eat the larvae!

In the wild you will also see my leaves being browsed by giraffe, elephant, bushbuck and nyala.

Below you will find some more details about me and how to take care of me while I grow. Thank you again for being my new friend!

River Bush-willow

I’m a Combretum Erythrophyllum – River Bush-willow

Tree Type: Deciduous, Indigenous
Common Name: River Bush-willow, Vaderlandswilg
Botanical Name: Combretum erythrophyllum
Min Height: 6m
Max Height: 7m
Growth Rate: Fast

Frost Tolerance: Frost hardy (after 2 years)
Drought Resistance: Drought hardy
Flowers: Greenish-yellow (spring-summer), faintly scented
Fruit: Brownish
Foliage: Red or Yellow (Autumn), Whitish (Spring)
Root System: Not aggressive
Soil Type: Not restricted

Plant Shape: Straight trunk or multi-stemmed with dense spreading crown
Wildlife Attraction: Birds.  Browsed by giraffe & elephant.
Garden Use: Used as a specimen tree for its autumn colour, bark becomes flaky with age.

How to plant me

  1. Dig a hole slightly wider and deeper than my roots. (The bigger the better). The extra space below and at the sides will be in-filled; but, having been loosened, will help my roots establish.
  2. Square holes are better than round ones as my roots can go round in circles if unable to break out of a round hole (yes, seriously!)
  3. Plant me at least 1.5 metres away from walls.
  4. Although this step is not essential, I will grow better if you mix some compost and bone meal (available at Willow Feather Farm) with the soil taken out of the hole. Also it would be a good idea to fill the hole a little so that I will be exactly the same height in the ground as I was at the nursery.
  5. If I am planted too deep my stem may rot; too shallow and my roots above ground will die.
  6. Before planting remove me from the plastic bag!
  7. Put me in the hole and replace the soil, compost and bone meal mixture, firming it down all around me. My roots must be immobilized, so it’s essential that I am not loose in the ground.
  8. Use the heel of your boot to firm the soil as you back-fill, but do not compact the soil until it is like concrete, as this prevents water and air circulation, causing roots to die.
  9. Water me and cover the soil with a good heap of mulch (e.g. 6-month-old wood-chip).

How to care for me

  • After planting me it is important to water me at least once a week.
  • It is better to give me one good watering once a week than a little bit every day.
  • Monitor me to see if I look thirsty (sagging limp leaves) and water if needed.
  • Once planted you can apply a general fertilizer around my base.  (Culterra 5:1:5  is a good option)
  • As I grow I will require staking and pruning. Stake me against a straight wooden stick or pole, taking my strongest shoot up and pruning the bottom branches off.
  • Relax and watch me grow! Remember although I will lose my leaves in winter I will still need to be looked after during this time!

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50 Responses to “Planting and caring for your River Bush-willow”

  1. Pieter May 3, 2012 4:33 pm #

    We live in Irene, Centurion close to the river and my boy counted the trees we have planted over the past three years on our property and on the curbs – some of the best survivors are those from Willow Feather Farm. A total of twenty trees of which seven are fruit trees, excluding the two River Willows recently received from Cornwall Hill College. We have a custom and ritual with treeplanting. The trees first have to survive one winter in their bags on our prpoerty where we experience severe black frost at least twice a year. I do not want another tree turning into a bush for the first years instead of a tree from the start. We are anticipating two strong River Willows after this coming winter, ready to be transplanted

    • Lisa Breedt May 3, 2012 4:43 pm #

      Wow Pieter, thanks for sharing your amazing story with us! It would be great if you could share some pictures of the Willow Feather Farm trees that you have planted on our Facebook page or you can email it to us on info[at]saveourplanet.org.za Thanks again for sharing and making a difference!

  2. Amanda Camaco March 21, 2013 3:07 pm #

    We have received two River Willows from Laerskool Die Poort which my two grand children brought home. What a great gift. We stay on a small holding and truly appreciate it. Planting them. I am sure in the years to come they will get fonder and fonder of them and remember when they planted them. They are still 5 and 8 years old.
    Just want to say thank for contributing in this wonderful way into their lives.
    Kind regards
    Amanda

    • Lisa Breedt March 22, 2013 10:22 am #

      Amanda, thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog. We love hearing stories of where the tree-gifts were planted. If you have pictures of the trees with your grandchildren we’d love to see it! You can load it onto our Facbeook page or email it to us info[at]saveourplanet.org.za. Thank you for helping us make a difference for generations to come!

  3. Renette April 26, 2013 1:05 pm #

    Hallo Lisa,

    Is dit ‘n inheemse of uitheemse boom?

    Groetnis
    Renette

    • Lisa Breedt April 29, 2013 7:19 am #

      Renette, die Vaderlandswilg is ‘n inheemse boom. Dis ‘n pragtige bladwisselende boom tot so 20 meter hoog. Dit word hoogs aanbeveel as uitstekende skaduboom en kan ook in gebiede geplant word wat swaar ryp kry. Die wortelstelsel is ook nie aggressief nie.

      • Minette Viviers March 12, 2015 9:43 pm #

        Hi Lisa,

        Ons vaderlandswilg staan op ‘n plek waar ons stort water uitloop op hom. sy blare is baie geel. Dink jy dis dalk oor die seep in die water? Maar hy groei baie vinniger en beter as die ander 2 wat net 1-2 maal per week water kry. Wat kan ek doen om die blare se kleur reg te kry?

        Groetnis
        Minette

        • Lisa Breedt March 17, 2015 2:02 pm #

          Hi Minette, please see reply from Francois, Willow Feather Farm‘s Nursery Manager: “I’d say winter is paying us an early winter. If it’s growing the way it does, i would not worry to much.
          Hope this helps? If you need more info please contact me on francois@willowfeather.co.za

  4. Ernien May 24, 2013 1:35 pm #

    Afternoon,

    Can I planet a river bush willow in a large pot?

    • lenell lee April 12, 2014 8:10 am #

      Hi, I phoned the nursery, and they confirmed it is possible to plant this tree in a large pot. He advises bigger that 30 cm pot, and mentions that the growth will be restricted to the size of the pot. It can however be planted out into bigger pots or even into the garden at later stages using the same methods as the first planting.

      Thank you for the trees!!

  5. Brendon July 30, 2013 10:57 pm #

    Thank you for your great site/blog.
    I want to transform an arid 42000m2 property on the outskirts of Bloemfontein into a lush green, indigenous forest. My favourite tree isthe Riverbush willow. I’ve purchased 30 of them and the same quality of White Stinkwoods, White Karee, normal Karee & Olienhout. This totals to 150 trees. I thought that would be enough for the space, but these trees completely disappeared into that space. I then purchased an additional 100 trees, of the same species as before. (This additional R15000 at has almost killed the budget). This however is not the largest problem, all of the 250 trees are still completely disappearing into the space of the property. I’ve now calculated that I still need at least another 250 trees to create this forest. I think I should have more variety in the tree species. Can you suggest other indigenous trees that would work well together with the current 5 different tree species? We also need to keep Bloemfontein’s cold winter climate in mind. Hope you can help me.

    • Lisa Breedt August 20, 2013 2:14 pm #

      Hi Brendon, I spoke to Brian at Willow Feather Farm, they supply all our trees for the Save our Planet Project. He recommends that you stick to majority Combretum, he also recommends the Black Karee as it is evergreen and hardier than the White Karee.The Olea is also a good option as well as the Stinkwood.

      Willow Feather Farm specialises in growing frost hardy indigenous trees and they don’t deviate much from the extremely hardy ones that will survive anywhere. From the size of the space it would not make sense to plant trees that you would need to baby too much. They offered to work out a good package for you to fill the farm up with hardy trees that will survive. Should you be interested, let me know and I will put you in contact with them.

  6. J Bekker October 3, 2013 9:09 am #

    Baie dankie, ‘n gratis Riviervaderlandswilg is by my afgelewer by my woning in Midstream. Dit gaan beslis geplant word.
    Ek benodig nog twee Koorsbome. Laat weet asb of u in voorraad het,die koste en waar kan dit afgehaal word.
    Nogmaals baie dankie,
    Koos Bekker

    • Lisa Breedt October 4, 2013 9:19 am #

      Hi Koos, ons is bly om te hoor dat jy van jou Vaderlandswilg hou en dat jy mooi na die boom gaan kyk!

      Ek het een van ons spanlede by Willow Feather Farm gevra om jou te kontak oor die Koorsbome.

  7. Marle Graser October 5, 2013 4:43 pm #

    Dankie vir die Vaderlandswilg wat soos ‘n pragtige kers-persent hier voor die voordeur in midstream vir my gewag het!

    • Lisa Breedt October 5, 2013 4:51 pm #

      Dis ‘n groot plesier Marle! Ons span het 1,560 bome aan die inwoners van Midstream geskenk. Dink net as al die bome vandag en more geplant word… dit sal beteken dat ‘n woud oor die naweek verskyn het! :)

      • Marissa October 9, 2013 11:22 am #

        Hi Lisa
        Baie dankie vir die mooi boom geskenk hier in Midstream. Ons verhuis oor so 6 maande en wil graag ons Boom by die nuwe huis plant. Kan ek intussen in ‘n groot pot vir boom plant. Het oon verlede jaar wilde olyf bome gekry wat in potte wag vir die nuwe tuin.

        Ek hoor graag van jou!

        • Lisa Breedt October 10, 2013 8:24 pm #

          Hi Marissa, jy kan beslis die boom in ‘n pot plant en net uitplant sodra julle by julle nuwe huis is. Volg nogsteeds die instruksies hierbo al plant jy in ‘n pot om seker te maak dat jou Vaderlandswilg goed voeding en water kry. Geniet dit!

  8. Len November 7, 2013 8:22 pm #

    Hello Lisa

    Ons het meenthuis gekoop in Bloemfontein. Die probleem is dat die hele buurt n nuwe ontwikkeling is, geen groot bome in die buurt nie. Ek sal graag inheems wil gaan, maar is bang die vaderlandswilg gaan n te groot boom word, en ons hele erf in skadu gooi. Enige idee vir n vinnig groeiende inheemse boom wat meer gepas is vir meenthuise?

    • Lisa Breedt November 11, 2013 9:33 am #

      Hi Len, jy kan ‘n Laventelboom of Vanwykshout plant.

  9. Eddie December 3, 2013 4:04 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    Ons het ‘n Vaderlandswilg geplant so ses jaar gelede en die ding groeie verskriklik! Ek het egter opgemerk hy gooi gom af en van sy klein takkies waarop die gom val vrot en val af.

    Is daar iets wat ons kan doen, ‘n muti wat jy kan voorskryf.

    Groete

    • Lisa Breedt December 11, 2013 9:37 am #

      Hi Eddie, hier is advies van Francois af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm:

      “From your description it sounds to me like the gummosis, could possibly be due to a bacterial infection. If this is the case, then you won’t be able to do anything about that. However, it seems as if the tree might also have a fungal infection. There are only a few systemic fungicides on the market.

      – Mono and di-potassium salts of phosphorus acid is one.
      – Propiconazole is the other.
      – May I also suggest a wide spectrum Fungicide. (Bravo or Funginex)

      It does sound to me like this might be beyond treatment though.”

  10. Wilna Loxley-Ford December 28, 2013 6:28 pm #

    Hi Lisa,

    I have received more than one tree from you over the years, the last riverbushwillow I donated to a friend in Midlands who is still establishing their garden.

    I have planted to combretums in my backyard, one of them is next to the compostheap and doing exceeding well. It is at least twice as high as the other tree which is only about 5m away from the first.

    SInce this tree has grown so much and fast I am considering moving it or giving it to someone who is willing to remove it. But here lies the problem, I have searched high and low for more information, on how deep the root may be and how hard or easy it may be to achieve this. I understand that it is a tap root system, or gather that since these trees grow next to rivers and need to go deep to find water. But how deep?

    The tree is around 6m high, it was planted in 2011 and the trunk is only 7cm in diameter at its thickest.

    Considerations:
    How deep and long is the tap root likely to be given the age and size of the tree?
    Can this tree be transplanted safely?
    How does one need to go about it?
    How big a job is this, or is it just too difficult? I certainly dont want to kill the tree.

    My daughter in law is setting up house and would love to have the tree in their garden. Can you advise please.

    Regards

    • Lisa Breedt January 8, 2014 9:24 am #

      Hi Wilna, we’re pleased to hear that your trees are doing so well :) I’ve spoken to Brian from Willow Feather Farm about your question and this is what he said:
      “It is possible to move the tree, however we have never done it. The best time to move trees is in winter, then one needs to dig them out, cut them back, move them and replant them.

      I would not be able to say how far the tap root goes, from my understanding it is a fibrous system but not aggressive.

      If one googles “transplanting a tree” there are many pages that give the steps and companies that would be able to assist. Hope this helps.”

  11. Jan Appelgryn January 2, 2014 8:16 am #

    Hi. Ek het ‘n vadenrlandswilg so 7 jaar terug geplant en is ‘n pragtige boom. Die boom gooi saad af en die boompies kom orals op. 1. Hoe kweek julle die bome? 2. Sal die saad as ek dit plant ook behoorlik groei of is daar iets wat julle anders doen?

    Groete Jan

    • Lisa Breedt January 8, 2014 9:26 am #

      Hi Jan, ek het met Brian van Willow Feather Farm gesels en hier is sy advies: “The River Bushwillow is actually very easy to propagate, once the seeds have dried on the tree they can be planted in a little bag straight into a good quality seedling mix. One must just ensure that they are kept wet and that they have not been eaten by any bugs before planting. Best not to put in full sun but can be under a shade net.”

  12. ALBERT January 18, 2014 7:43 am #

    I have 3 Riverbushwillos that I planted 2years ago. One is doing tremendously well but the other 2 have stayed the same size. What could be the cause?

  13. Juan February 26, 2014 3:01 pm #

    Beste Lisa,

    Ons het n klein (jong) Vaderlandwilg wat ons wil plant. Ons woon in n kompleks, en ons tuin is nie biae groot nie. Hoe ver vanaf die beton muur en huis moet ons die boompie plant sodat hy nie die strukture beskadig nie, Watse soort wortelstelsel het die Vaderlandwilg in terme van penwortelstelsel, ens.

    Baie dankie,
    Groete,
    Jun

    • Lisa Breedt February 27, 2014 12:35 pm #

      Hi Juan, hier is advies van Francois af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm: “Dankie vir jou navraag Juan.

      Die Riverbushwillow is baie gehard en droogte bestand. Dit is heeltemal veilig om dit naby mure en ander strukture te plant. Dit het wel ‘n bywortelstelsel, maar geensins aggresief nie.

      Dit is wel maar net veiliger as julle dit ongeveer 1,5 – 2m van mure af plant.

      Dit is eintlik ‘n baie mooi en ideale boom vir kleiner tuine met minder spasie.

      Geniet hom en groete, Francois”

  14. Nadia de Jongh February 26, 2014 3:14 pm #

    What a gift! Every child in our school received a River Bush-Willow today! I would like to know if this tree will grow on our farm in Dullsroom. Looking forward hearing from you.

    nadia

    • Lisa Breedt February 27, 2014 2:24 pm #

      Hi Nadia, see reply from Francois, Nursery Manager at Willow Feather Farm:

      “The Bush willow will do well in the Dullstroom area. These trees are very adaptable to any kind of soil condition, but it tends to like moist soil a bit more. The root system are invasive but not aggressive so they are also quite safe to plant close to walls and other structures.

      I’m sure that they will do extremely well in the area you wanted to plant them. Always make sure you use a good organic compost and some bonemeal when you plant it. I suggest you give it a good amount of water for the first week and thereafter you can cut down to about every 2nd to 3rd day.
      Nature will take care of the rest.

      Hope this will answer the your question?”

  15. Corné March 2, 2014 8:11 am #

    Hi, we have 2 river bushwillows on our property which are thriving and 6 combretum kraussi trees of which we have already lost 2. The crowns of these trees are beautiful but it appears as if the trunks are deteriorating – the bark at the bottom darkens and starts to lift and the trunk just above ground is thinner than higher up. What can I do!? Please help

    • Lisa Breedt March 10, 2014 4:26 pm #

      Dear Corne, please see a reply from Francois, Willow Feather Farm‘s Nursery Manager: “It’s a difficult one because I don’t have much detail about the area these trees were planted in and also the actual condition of the trees..(leaves falling, turning brown, aphids present etc.)

      My thought on them could be a fungus or bacteria that became active if those trees were planted in a shady area and maybe very wet conditions. It sometimes also cause these problems if there is not enough drainage of the soil… (to clay etc.)

      Diseases like fungi thrives on those kind of conditions therefore the tree starts dying a slow death. Therefore I can agree on the thinner stems at the bottom and thicker stems higher up.

      If its still young trees I suggest a broad-spectrum fungicide which needs to be systemic of nature. Contact spray won’t do the trick. Lots of organic fertilizer and if too much water is the case, cut back on the watering, especially now with all the rains.

      Hope this helps?”

  16. Wynand Gericke April 21, 2014 11:49 am #

    Ons het so 2 jaar gelede ‘n pragtige eiendom lang ‘n rivier bekom. Die plek is deurtrek met die popeluur bomeen ‘ n klompie black wattles. Dit gee ‘n baie lekker atmosfeer, maar ek het begin van hulle verwyder en wil graag dit vervang met inheemse bome met die meerderheid immergroen. Dit is langs die rivier baie koed. Ek wil graag groter veskeidenheid voels ook trek ek hou van hoe bome, maar het ook plek vir korter bome. Ek wil ook bome he wat vinnig groei, maar sal ook bome insit wat stadig tussen die and kan groei. Ons bly op ‘n kleinhoewe en het redelik plek vir 150 bome.

    • Lisa Breedt April 22, 2014 2:30 pm #

      Hi Wynand, een van Willow Feather Farm se konsultante sal ‘n epos stuur om vir jou advies te gee.

  17. Derick June 7, 2014 9:45 am #

    Lisa ons het so twee jaar gelede 7 River Bushwillows (toe sowat 2.5m groot) geplant op ons plaas in die dorre Bosveld. Ons gee hulle elke week water. Het hierdie bome water nodig in die winter? Ons kry in die winter ook baie ryp en is bang dat as ons water gee in die winter die wortels dalk kan vries en die bome benadeel? Sal dit help as ons “mulch” oor die wortels sit?Julle raad sal waardeer word. Derick

    • Lisa Breedt June 13, 2014 11:33 am #

      Hi Derick, hier is advies van Francois af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm: The Combretums are quite hardy trees and can withstand fairly high and low temperatures. Being winter the trees are dormant, hence the fact that they shedding leaves at the moment. I won’t worry to much about watering the trees during winter (no leaves to feed) for there are not much growth happening currently. I would suggest that you cut back on the watering to about 2 – 3 times per week in late morning, early afternoon. It will give the roots enough time to absorb and heat up again before the low temperatures sets in during the night. I’ll also suggest to keep apply some good organic fertilizer, like Neutrog Bounce Back, every 10 – 12 weeks throughout the year… (yup, even during winter). The trees might not have leaves but the roots pretty much stays active throughout winter…..and they, off course need to be kept fed every now and then. Other than that, Nature will take care of the rest.

      • Derick July 1, 2014 11:03 pm #

        Lisa en Francois baie dankie vir die raad. Waardeer dit baie. Derick

  18. ilze Coetzeel July 9, 2014 10:12 am #

    Goeiedag ,ek het so n jaar terug 2 Vaderlandswilg bome geplant . Die bome is op my plaveisel geplant . Die boompies staan so n3meter uit mekaar . Kry n mens verskillende soorte ? Gee asb raad !
    Groete ilze Coetzee

    • Lisa Breedt July 11, 2014 3:21 pm #

      Hi Ilze, hier is advies van Francois le Roux af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm: “Dankie vir jou navraag omtrent die Vaderlandswilg.

      Daar is wel ‘n paar ander Wilgers, maar die Vaderlandswilg is die inheemse een wat maklik groei, baie gehard is en nie skade maak aan plaveisel en ander strukture nie. Dit is ook een van jou vinniger, inheemse, groeiers. Die ander is natuurlik jou uitheemse sowel as jou treurwilger. Hierdie bome is ongelukkig Kategorie 2 indringer bome en mag ons hulle nie meer aanhou of self groei nie.

      Ek weet nie heeltemal of dit jou vraag beantwoord nie, maar jy is meer as welkom indien jy meer inligting benodig.

      Mooi dag verder.
      Francois”

  19. Yolisa September 10, 2014 12:02 pm #

    Good day

    Thank you for the River Bush-Willow we received as a gift from Pretoria High School for Girls.

    We love the tree and we promise to look after it well.

    Yolisa, the girls and the perfect husband.

    Thank you.

    • Lisa Breedt September 10, 2014 1:05 pm #

      Thank you for the part you play in helping us save the planet Yolisa! We would love to see the progress of your tree, feel free to share some pics on our Facebook page :)

  20. Bernadette September 29, 2014 9:09 pm #

    Hi, I just bought a Vaderlandwilg as a bonsai, and now only after reading a few comments, I realise just how big it gets. Is it possible for me to keep it as is. How do I prune it then…please help, how do I send you an image please, Thank you.

  21. Kobus September 23, 2015 1:12 pm #

    I just want to thank you everyone working on this project my little girl is so excited she received her willow today at rooihuiskraal laerskool.
    altough we do not live at our own home we are going to purchase a huge pot and plant it in there until we have our own home.

    This is a great initiative, and it brings joy to the little ones.

  22. Lezanne October 21, 2015 9:00 am #

    Baie dankie vir die boom wat ons ontvang het met my kind se uitstappie. Ek oorweeg nou verskillende plekke om die boom te plant. Groei gras/ander plante onder die boom? Sal dit groei in suur grond of is dit nodig vir my om kalk in te werk? Ek kry nie antwoorde op die vrae nie en sal jul advies baie waardeer.

  23. jomien December 9, 2015 8:15 am #

    Boom se blare is aan onderkant van boom gelerig en vertoon rooi. Woon in Namibia. Warm en droog. …boom kry genoeg water. Effens donserigheid onder blaar. Lyk nie heeltemal soos donsskimmel nie. Wat kan dit wees?

    • Lisa Breedt January 28, 2016 3:59 pm #

      Hi Jomien, hier is advies van Francois le Roux af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm: “Hierdie kan moontlik ook wit roes wees volgens wat jy verduidelik. Daar is wel ook ‘n ander moontlikheid naamlik kotseniel. Dit kom gewoonlik meer op turksvye voor maar is al waargeneem op verskeie bome en struike. Dis is meer wollerig en baie meer aggressief. Ek stel voor jy bekommer jou nie self te veel daaroor nie, aangesien die boom oor die algemeen nog goed doen? Genoegsame water is altyg goed vir die warm tye, maar dien dalk ook ‘n breesprektrum swamdoeder toe, soos Bravo of Tenazole.”

  24. Ecki Niebuhr December 30, 2015 1:39 pm #

    Hi, ons het heelwat vaderlandswilg bome geplant. Een van hulle het ‘n jaar gelede sy bas begin verloor reg om die onderkant van die stam. Die bas val alhoemeer af, dit is nou so 20cm waar die boom heeltemal homself “ringbark” het. Die boom is egter nog in ‘n uitstekende kondisie. Dit wil voorkom of die stam nie dikker word daar waar hy sy bas verloor het nie.
    Sal hierdie boom dit oorleef, of is daar iets wat ek daaraan kan doen?

    • Ecki Niebuhr December 30, 2015 1:42 pm #

      Net vir meer inligting: Die boom is twee jaar gelede geplant, en hou ook aan om nuwe lote van onder die grond uit te stoot, wat ek telkens snoei.

      • Lisa Breedt January 28, 2016 4:01 pm #

        Hi Ecki, hier is advies van Francois le Roux af, hy is die kwekery bestuurder by Willow Feather Farm:Vaderlandswilgers is taai bome en kan gewoonlik baie uiterste kondisies oorleef. Die boom kon dalk heel moontlik ‘n bietjie skade tydens plant opgedoen het, daarom die skade aan die bas. Ek is nie seker of daar aan die groeipunt gesnoei was na dit geplant was nie? Somtyds gebeur dit dan dat die lote van onder begin uitloop. Maak net seker daardie spesifieke boom dreineer goed na water gegee is. Dit gebeur soms dat die bas van binne begin vrot as daar nie goeie dreinering is nie. Maak ook seker die grond droog goed uit voordat weer water gegee word.

        Steriseal of Treeseal kan aangewend word op die “rou”dele en probeer ook maar dat dit nie nat word wanneer daar water gegee word nie. Die feit dat die boom nog goed lyk en sterk groei is altyd ‘n goeie teken so hou dit dop en dien gereeld ‘n goeie stadigvrystellende organiese kunsmis 4 maandeliks toe. Hoop dit help en hou my op hoogte!”

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