Propogating Fig Cuttings - Knowledgebase Question

Medina, TX
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Question by toad81
December 3, 1997
I have moved to this area recently. Back at house in San Antonio I have a vigorously bearing fig. How and when is best to go about making cuttings and rooting them, so I can have one or more fig trees here? I believe it was Brown turkey fig, or Mission fig.

Answer from NGA
December 3, 1997
Figs take well to propogation from cuttings. Choose 6" long twigs of the previous year's growth. Make cuttings in early spring. Include a "heel" (a piece of older wood attached at the base, usually cut at an angle), as such cuttings root more quickly. Pot them in a flat of moist peat. Bottom heat, provided by a root-zone heat mat or the top of your fridge, will hasten the rooting process (at least 5 weeks). Make sure the medium is evenly moist, and mist the flat a few times per week. Transplant cuttings to pots of well-drained soil when they have swollen buds. Figs grow so quickly that some folks have had trees produce fruit within one year of propagation! Hope yours do the same!

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