Fig season! 😈🍐💜Figs are extraordinary and fascinating plants. See my older post to read about the fig wasp. This winter I learned how to propagate figs from cuttings. For those who don’t know, propagation is when you take part of a plant (a branch, a cutting, a piece) and grow a new plant from it. This new plant will be genetically identical to the mother plant. This method is widely used in fruit tree and cannabis cultivation.
There are many ways to propagate fig cuttings. I used a method developed by a Portuguese biologist (JSacadura on YouTube). First I took the cuttings from various dormant fig trees around my city, noting which end is up and which is down. Then, I wrapped grafting tape around the tops of the cuttings to prevent mold growth, hold moisture in the wood, and slow the emergence of leaves. Next, I scrape some wood off the bottoms, exposing the cambium layers of wood, where roots emerge from. Then, I left the cuttings partially covered by moist coco coir in a dark warm place. After a few weeks roots begin to emerge. Once roots were out, I potted them in VERY light potting mix and was careful not to overwater. The new, delicate roots are very easily rotted initially. Once they adjust to the new grow medium you can water more heavily. Swipe right to see pics of my process.
I have a bunch of little trees and a TON of fruit this year. As always, get in touch if you want to trade around ABQ and SF area.