How to Grow Fig Tree From Cutting? Fig propagation through cuttings is a cost-effective method of obtaining new fig plants. Instead of purchasing a new plant from a nursery, you can successfully transplant an old one from your or a friend’s garden. In this essay, I’ll show you how to root fig cuttings in a simple and inexpensive manner. Instead of purchasing a new tree, simply propagate your own – it is virtually free.
Can you start fig trees from a cutting?
You certainly can. I began working with this fig tree two months ago. Despite the fact that it was the beginning of a hot and dry summer, I was able to propagate one fig tree from three cuttings. It is a 30% success rate, which I believe to be a good result. It would be more successful if I began propagation during the dormant season (winter), but achieving one out of three is equally acceptable.
How to Grow Fig Tree From Cutting?
- Ideally, spread the tree during its dormant season (winter). If you can’t accomplish it during the dormant season, you can do it at any other time with slightly less success.
- Take a few cuttings from your favorite fig tree. Choose young branches that are 1/2 to 1 cm thick and 10 to 20 cm in length. In my situation, I used three very young branches that were around 0.5 cm thick and 10 cm long. There was one green bulb on top of each of these branches, from which the leaf was intended to grow.
- Cut the bottom of the branch at a 45-degree angle and insert it in the small, 10-cm-wide pot filled with compost. You don’t need specific compost or soil for this reason; ordinary compost will suffice. Use your own saliva instead of rooting hormone. The hole should be around 5 cm deep. Water the pot thoroughly.
- Place the pot in a bright place, but not directly in the sun, and away from strong winds. I kept my pots in a shady section of the patio for the majority of the day.
- Check the soil every day for dryness and water as needed if it becomes very dry. I sprayed my cutting almost every morning, but keep in mind that it was July, and the soil was drying out quickly. The small leaf began to develop after around 4 weeks, and one morning I observed a juvenile leaf (above photo).
- Move your rooted fig cuttings into larger pots as soon as quicker growth begins. This is the small fig tree that I transplanted into the huge container today. The tree grew from 4 to 8 cm tall, and the leaf evolved and became three times larger (see photographs above), so I felt it was time to relocate the tree to the larger pot. The bigger pot is now approximately 18 cm broad and 25 cm deep. I filled it with fresh compost, planted the tree, and thoroughly watered it.
- Wait for the dormant season (fall or winter) before transplanting the new tree outdoors, in the ground, in a sunny and protected position. I will do it in late autumn with this particular tree because I believe it is not yet ready to withstand my open field weather. This tree is still a youngster, having only been planted for two months. I’ll keep it on the patio while it’s still in the pot, where I can easily care for it. You may even root figs indoors using this method; just make sure to provide an atmosphere similar to the outdoors. Keep the fig cuttings warm and in a bright (but not direct sun) window, and water them as needed.
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