A Simple Way To Root Fig Cuttings

A Simple Way To Root Fig Cuttings

  • Use retail organic “potting” mix (or create your own airy rooting medium of many sorts searchable online – such as a mix of bark mulch, peat moss, and garden lime)
  • moisten the mix or medium in a one gallon pot (or something smaller, such as a quart pot or large plastic cup) with bottom holes for good drainage (use a saucer or bin to catch any excess water indoors)
  • tamp the cutting into the mix leaving a top node or more jutting out of the mix
  • put a clear plastic bag upside down over the pot creating a humid mini-greenhouse, with generous air holes poked in the plastic to allow “breathing” (keeping humidity below 100 percent)
  • set in a warm spot if possible; if set in light, not direct sunlight before leaves and especially roots; setting in darkness early on can encourage root formation and help prevent collapse of subsequent leaves
  • wait a few weeks or longer to see if growth occurs of roots, limbs, leaves
  • not all cuttings will make it, but if well cared for most should
  • after strong roots fill the medium pot up to larger containers
  • fertilize the young rooted cutting as necessary – figs may form that year though are increasingly likely to form the next year and years thereafter in accordance with plant growth and care
  • much rooting and fig tree care information is available via simple online searches; different approaches work better or worse depending on the grower and the growing conditions