How the Greeks do it. (with amazing pics!)
I live near Tarpon Springs, Florida. Lots of Greeks here. I now have seven fig trees, all from cuttings given to me by the generous Greek customers of my appliance repair company.
Today, I went to a new guy, a farmer from Greece. He showed me how they grow new trees back in the old country without any fuss. I'd never seen anything like this before, so I took pictures for all of you fig lovin' folks.
One of several healthy fig trees in this guy's yard, with large yields of sweet figs. This Greek farmer retired to Florida, and he gets things to grow very well in our sandy, poor soils.
In Greece, the farmers cut open the side of a can and tuck it securely around a branch and fill the can with dirt. Sometimes, they use a pot. Not sure how he did that. Must go back and learn more from him.
The branch gets full size roots in thesoil-filled can over the following months. This guy waits almost a year, and has the roots bulging from the tin or plastic can before it is ready to plant.
Eventually, the farmer cuts the big branch off just below the pot and then he simply plants it as a fully mature, large, fully rooted fruit bearing tree. No fancy soils, no tiny cuttings in jars, no perlite, no rotting tender tiny roots, no fungus.
Now, THIS is amazing! Hooray for the Greek farmers!