Rooting figs

instengFebruary 11, 2013

I have a really old fig tree at my house in the country. I was wanting to try to get some more started so I cut off 3 small branches about a month ago. I just stuck them in an old pot I had with potting soil. I just forgot about them and just let them get watered by whatever rain we had. This last weekend I went up there and checked on them and all three were sprouting leaves and two of them had small figs on them. I'm going to try to start some pomergranites hopefully they will be just as easy to start.

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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I would take those figs off. Just because there are leaves does not mean there are roots yet. The leaves are a good sign though. Figs root really easily. Poms are almost as easy.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 8:05PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

'strikes easily from cuttings' is one of the reasons figs were one of the first domesticated plants.

Poms should do pretty well also. I've just started pom and fig cuttings myself.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 12:17AM
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insteng

The figs are the size of small peas right now. Next time I go up there in a couple weeks I will pick them off. I mainly planted them to see what they would do. The original tree is probably around 12' in diameter spread out so I have plenty of figs from it.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 10:32AM
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vieja_gw(z7NM)

I also have a fig bush but in zone 7 here it often ( as this year) will freeze to the ground but always grows back up each spring & bears figs. Friends would like a start of mine & I was wondering if I could cut off a viable cane & stick it in the ground to root (many of the canes right now may have frozen)? I will try it now! I had a (large)fig root wandering where I didn't want it so I cut it off & noticed the long root had hairy roots grrowing along the underside. I cut the large 3 ft. root into several pieces each with some of the hairy roots & place them in a bucket of water until I could give them away & plant. Should they be planted right away instead in the ground & give them away later? I have three very old 'Wonderful' pomegranate bushes & also have neighbors that would like a start of them ... can I just snip off one of the newer branches & stick them in the ground also?

I love to share! Wish I had good luck trying to grow cuttings of my old, huge, beautiful 'Gardens of The World' rose bush though!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 8:19PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Figs, poms and grapes can often be rooted by just sticking a cutting in the ground and watering occasionally, but your success rate will improve if you mix in a good bit of peat moss or humus and keep them in a humid environment.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 4:12AM
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