Rooting softwood fig cuttings
Figs are commonly propagated by using dormant cuttings, however there are occasions when you come across a fig that I need to propagate in mid summer using softwood cuttings. Here’s the method I’ve been using and found successful.
- A branch broke off of one of my valuable trees and I didn’t want to lose these cuttings.
- Cut the branch into cuttings 6"-8" inches long.
- Keep about one leaf on and cut it in half.
- Dip the cuttings in rooting hormone powder.
- Prepare the rooting mixture, I use half perlite and half professional potting mix.
- Place the cuttings in a 1 gallon size pot with the soil mixture. You can put up to 5 cuttings to a pot.
- Place a bamboo stick in the middle of the pot that is about twice the height of the cuttings.
- Water the cuttings well.
- Then place a large ziplock bag over the cuttings.
- The Bamboo stick keep the plastic bag up as the leaves grow.
- Seal the ziplock bag.
- Next place the cuttings in a warm but shady spot. If it is left in the sun the cuttings will dry up and burn.
- Water only about once a week, you will notice the soil will not dry up quickly.
- After about 2 weeks new leaves will emerge.
- About 3 weeks later, the cuttings will be rooted.
- Remove the bag after 3-4 weeks, and keep the cuttings in semi shade to harden off for about a week.
- A month later the cuttings can be repotted into individual pots.
This is a pot of cuttings that was started about 3 weeks ago in the same way. You will notice that they have rooted quicker than the hard wood cutting in the same pot.