Fig cutting question

philly_gardenerMarch 17, 2012

I have a potted violet de Bordeaux (spelling?) that I placed in my garage over the winter. I live near philadelphia and now the temps are at 60s and 70s during the day.

Today I moved my plant outside the garage. I saw tiny buds on the tips of the branches.

Can I cut off a couple of branches now and plant them in pots at this time of the year? The branches I want to cut off has green leaf buds on them already.�

One of the branch I want to cut off �and grow in a pot has small green figs from last October that did not get a chance to ripe before �winter came last year. Can I leave those green figs there or should I pick them off?

Thank youï¼Â

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

You can take the cutting if you want to propagate it. I would personally leave them at this time and let the tree grow at this point. You can do air layering later in summer.


    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:17AM
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Yes, air layering is a much better option for propagation.

Basically, you take a plastic soda bottle, cut it in half, and place it over a branch. Fill it with dirt while its on the tree, and the branch will start to root like it was a cutting while still being attached to the tree. That way, you never get a dead cutting, as they either don't root (and no harm done), or they do root and you can then easily cut it off below the soda bottle and have a rooted tree ready to go right from the start.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 1:21PM
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