I have grown hybrid poplars for over 35 years and I know every trick there is about them. I have also been sending free willow cuttings to homeowners for 10 years. The process was very awkward, costly and slow because it involved that you would send me a stamped envelope with your name and address which I would return right away. Well, I can't do that with hybrid poplar cuttings because of their size. They are much thicker and require to be packaged differently. I think the method I am using now is much easier for you, and for me.
While there are over 500 different hybrid poplar clones that have been "manufactured", I carry only the one I think is the best of all, the OP-367. This tree grows 10 ft. on the first year alone. These cuttings are capable of growing to an astonishing 100 ft. in height with a crown 40 ft. wide in only 10 years. No matter which hybrid poplar you plant, you can be sure that it is NON GMO. Hybrid poplars that are genetically modified are not accessible to the general public, therefore every clone I have is NON GMO and I am very happy about that. |
Planting hybrid poplars indoors: You do this if it is the middle of winter and you don't have a greenhouse. Fill the bags (I will send you 5 grow bags with the cuttings) with good potting soil (be sure there is no fertilizer in the soil, as it could kill the cuttings).
Within 4 days or so after you plant them, you will start seeing the bud enlarge, then it will have some red, green, yellow and then the whole thing will turn green and the first leaf will open up. All this will happen within the first week... unless you have the bags in a basement window where temperature is 55 degrees. For these cuttings to grow they need at least 65 degrees. The trees will survive but will not do any quick growing during the winter due to the fact that they don't get enough sunlight or heat. For normal growth they need about 14 hours of sunlight. Sunlight during the winter is limited to only 9 hours daily then you must supplement the light by adding another 5 hours of light. The trees do not need any light until the first buds start opening.
The plants can be taken outside when temperatures are above 40 degrees and planted outdoors after all danger of frost is over. Protect the trees from deer by using liquid fence or use tree shelters.
Planting poplars outdoors. If you want to start your cuttings outdoors and are brave enough to work when the temperatures are down in late Fall or early Spring, prepare the soil to 6" deep. Place the cuttings in the soil and push them down until only the top of the cutting shows. Water them well. If the soil temperature is over 65 degrees at night, they will start sprouting within a week. If it is colder, the cuttings will not start growing until the temperature is 65 or above and the amount of light is adequate.
I have planted cuttings in November (Southeastern Pennsylvania) to see the trees starting to grow in April. The only problem with planting this early in the North is that the continuos freezing and thawing of the soil will push the cuttings out of the ground. So, if you find cuttings just laying on the ground, push them back in the ground. Start protecting the trees from deer as soon as they sprout. Use liquid fence or tree shelters. The trees should be moved to their permanent location when they are about a foot tall. If you wait longer it will just be more difficult to move them due to the fact that they make roots very quickly. Normal spacing for these trees is 6 ft.
I just got an email from a customer to whom I sent 5 cuttings last year in february. He planted one of them and put all others in the sealed bag in the butter handy bin in his refrigerator door. The cutting he planted grew for a while and then died. Last week he was cleaning the refrigerator (9 months later) and he found the other cuttings which just for kicks he planted them. The reason for his email is that two of the cuttings are growing. Imagine that, 9 months after they were supposed to be dead.
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Propagating Complete propagation information is included with the cuttings.
My ambition is to help 'green' the world and it can be done if everyone helps. From every package of 5 free cuttings there are potentially 30,000 trees in 2 years and 3 million in 3 years! but I am not going to ship only one package, the plan is to send at least 5000 of them every year!
Some of you will feel that just propagating them is not enough fun, then grow them (in bags) and when they are about a foot tall, sell them. I sell over 1000 of them every year and I charge $7 for each tree.
While the OP-367 has been used extensively for many years in Phytoremediation projects all over the US by agencies complying with the EPA's requirements to remove dissolved metals from the environment, the homeowner has been kept in the dark about the tree and its benefits, specially to the environment.
Nurseries do not help either. If you ask for a hybrid poplar at any nursery they will tell you they don't carry them. Why? Several reasons: It grows too fast for their 'repeat sales projects'. it is too inexpensive and they cannot make money on it, they know you can get a canopy over your head in only 3 years which you cannot do with a Japanese maple and finally, you can propagate it to no end! That really hurts their profits. The OP-367 grows from Zone 2 in Canada to zone 11 in the Texas Panhandle.
After you plant the trees outside, they need very little encouragement to grow. They will be happy if you just give them water every other week for the first year, and happier if you fertilize them every month or so They will look their best with 48 inches of rain yearly but it will get by with only 22 inches. They will require no attention at all after that.They can be cut down at any time (any season) and will resprout from the stumps!
I have 10 trees that I use for cuttings- (You can come and see them) grow from the stump 16 ft. in one year. I cut them down every year to about 4" from the ground. The point I am trying to get across is that the more you trim them, the more they grow.
I sold many of these trees to homeowners who just wanted to have a quick living fence or quick shade... well, after 3 years they changed their minds and decided to keep the trees. These trees have something that makes you like them...
You get a Quick Start Kit with the following:
5 OP-367 cuttings (free)
Below, a couple of my 16 tree kits. Clone shown is the OP-367.
Video shows 4 weeks of growth.