How to Grow Figs from Cuttings
In warm, dry weather, figs are very easily grown, and remain one of my favorite fruits to grow, harvest, and store (preserved in jams, dried, or frozen for great fruit drinks). They are also very nutritious, low in calories, and a great addition to many dishes!
The fruit borne by most fig trees does not require pollination; without pollination, no viable seeds are produced. As a consequence, the best way to propagate fig trees is through cuttings.
Steps for propagating Figs by Cuttings:
- cut branches that are about 8 to 10 inches long, and 2 or 3 times the diameter of a wooden pencil.
- Dip the bottom of the branch in a rooting hormone with fungicide (many cuttings make just fine without this step, but I have better luck with it)
- Add a soil mixture that is loose (I used a mixture that is 1/3 sand + 1/3 potting soil–any brand– + 1/3 peat) into a 1 or 2 gallon pot.
- Using a wooden dowl (or other object), create a hole about 4 inches deep to place the cutting.
- Add the cutting into the pre-drilled hole and press the soil around the branch.
- Water well.
- Place in a location that offers bright light, but not direct sun.
- Water about 1″ deep (add about 1″ of surface water) each week.
- Wait about a month. Anything that is still alive will most likely grow.
Figs are a most wonderful, highly nutritious fruit that have been enjoyed for centuries. These cuttings make great pass along gifts for anyone who loves to garden.