Fig - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Z1nowar
February 14, 2011
i am looking to get a fig cutting...how can I go about doing that and how do I choose where to get the cutting? Also, how long does the cutting need to be?


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Answer from NGA
February 14, 2011

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Expect about a 50 percent success rate with fig tree cuttings so I'd suggest taking several at a time so you'll have at least one that roots. Take your cutting from a vigorously growing stem. The cuttings should be woody and not entirely green. Softer, greener stems are more likely to rot. The cutting should be about 6 to 8 inches in length, and about the diameter of a pencil.

Remove most of the leaves, or at least the bottom leaves past the first 2 nodes. You can dip the cut ends into a rooting hormone, but it isn't necessary. Place the cuttings in a plastic pot, about 4 inches in size and filled with a light, airy potting soil. After placing your cuttings in the pot, set the pot outside in morning sun, or under the shade of a mature fig tree.

In time, you?ll see vigorous growth with newly formed leaves as well as roots growing. You can then plant your new trees in their permanent places in the landscape.

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