The Q&A Archives: Cuttings From Fig Tree?

Question: I would like to start some cuttings from my Fig tree. Could you tell me where to cut, what type of root hormone, if any I should use and how much light should the cutting recieve. Last but not least, how often to water?

Answer: There are many several kinds of fig tree, but the one commonly grown as a house plant is Ficus benjamina. To propagate this tree, use stem or tip cuttings taken in the late spring or summer. Rooting hormone is not strictly required, however it may be helpful if you'd like to use it. Most garden centers stock it in a powdered form, just read and follow the instructions on the label. Here are illustrated instuctions on taking the cuttings, potting them, and caring for them while rooting.

Start with a commercially formulated sterile soilless peat-based potting mix that is slightly damp like a wrung out sponge. Watering is then minimal if any since the plant and pot are enclosed in a plastic bag to maintain humidity; the light should be good and bright but avoid direct sun as this can cause overheating inside the plastic bag and cook the plant. Once roots form, gradually remove the bag and move the plant to its growing location.

Good luck with your cuttings!

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