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.



What about rooting hardwood

What about rooting hardwood cuttings in summer? Would you suggest the same method or the more standard method of a zip-lock bag with damp paper towels or perlite/potting mix? Thanks!

You can certainly use the

You can certainly use the same method for rooting hard wood cuttings in summer. I have had great success. Dormant cuttings will root well at high humidity but run the risk of mold if it's too humid. You need to keep an eye on it and possibly slightly open the ziploc by cutting holes at the edges.

I was hoping to read your

I was hoping to read your reply to the Question Steve asked about rooting hardwood cuttings in summer. thx