Trying to get the timing right.
Last year I managed to root some figs (either brown turkey or Celeste, I'm not sure). The ones that I did indoors finally rooted, but died (overwatering) before I could move them outside. This year, I'm trying the bag method and have initials on two of the three test subjects. I've got only 4 cuttings of a Marseilles fig that I really REALLY want to root. When should I start the bag method? Our last frost date is usually mid April. I have a cold frame as well for tender annuals and such for late frosts.
They've been cleaned and are currently being stored in the fridge. I used AB dish soap and 10% bleach to clean before storing them. No mold or other issues have shown up in them yet. I only need one, but would happily plant all 4 in my yard this summer.
I'm tempted to try the easiest method and the one that worked the best last year. I just stuck them in 1/2 sand, 1/2 peat and put them in the coldframe in early March. By June the unknown figs had rooted and were planted out in July. They seem to have survived the winter. I've already found swelling in the buds.
I'm not new to propagation, but I don't want to baby my 4 fig cuttings too long, nor do I want to start too late to get them in the ground before our first frost in late November. Any advice on the timing for Marseilles?