Willow sticks as garden canes?

I have to severely cut back a very enthusiastic willow in my garden and I was thinking of retaining the trimmed wands to use as garden canes next year. Has anyone done this/ got any tips for drying them? 
Thanks in advance. 


  • Make sure that they are very very dry or they will most definitely start to grow.

  • Willow whips are fantastic as garden canes - and that's what we all used before they started importing bamboo!!

  • Thanks both! 

  • Arthog
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    All this also applies to those lovely straight Elder tree sticks. (learnt that one the hard way!)
  • Apodemus
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    I use cuttings from a number of different shrubs as canes.  If they start to grow, then hey-ho! saves on the hassle of taking cuttings and easily passed on to local charity sales-of-work/coffee-mornings.  But I've found that simply making sure that I use the canes upside down means that fewer take root.
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