Grafting Figs - Question

Yadda(8-9 TX)June 7, 2005

I have a few questions regarding fig grafting. Is there much grafting of fig scions to rootstock? Do large scale fig growers graft figs? If yes, what rootstock do they use and what advantage does grafting buy them? Also, has anyone attempted to graft larger growing figs such as mission to one of the genetically smaller bush figs? If yes how did it go? And finally any fig grafters out there? Any stories or experiences? Yadda out.

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

Grafting figs is not common at all. Figs is most commonly grown from cuttings. In its native regions, where figs grow wild, They graft fruitless figs trees that grew on its own.
The Fig specialist Condit mentions where the fig was being grafted in parts of africa on ornamental figs, Also mentioned a nursery in florida that graft figs on bunyan ficus. The reason why it was grafted because the fig roots don't like heavy wet soil. Not sure how will it grows. As far as I know no commercial growers graft figs.
Enthusiasts like us attempt to graft figs. I was succesful with a T-budd. No specific rootstock, just any would do.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2005 at 7:15AM
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I had a fig tree bearing not edible fruits. The made shield budding in summer failed. In the following spring whip-and-tongue grafting in the over branches succeeded. This summer I enjoyed together with the birds delicious fruits.
Please excuse my late comment.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2006 at 6:02PM
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I've tried grafting a few branches from cuttings onto two existing trees. White Texas and Celeste cuttings onto a Ventura, and Celeste on a Black Jack. (I still haven't replaced the Black Jack but probably will soon with a Janice Seedless.) I used veneer grafts. After four weeks the terminal buds on the grafted cuttings are still green and alive. I'm looking forward to see what takes.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2006 at 8:19PM
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Grafting is done also in order to facilitate caprification for cauducous figs that need it .A caprific branch or bud is grafted on an edible fig in order to polinate the fig.This make sense only where the fig wasp is established.Regards

    Bookmark   February 3, 2006 at 8:35PM
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axier - Z10, Basque Country (Spain)

Yadda, the surest methods for grafting figs are T-Bud and chip-budding, this one is my favorite. With chip-budding you can graft from bud bursting to August.

In my opinion, the best use of grafting in figs is to change the variety of an adult tree. I am going to graft an old fig tree (I don't like its unknown variety) with several different varieties. Of course, in my climate, there is no problem with big frosts, the colder day in winter usually is no less than 25º F. If your winters are harder (less than 0º F), your grafts probably will die and your work will be for nothing.

Take a look in the below link:

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 5:22AM
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sergnic(z9 Italy)

Grafting different varieties on the same tree is not, in general, an easy way; and not for the graftings! But because it is necessary that is planned the vigour of each variety (before), and managed the realty, (after), this is easy for few years, but more difficult in long times.
(The more vigoruos may subtract "food", and slowly overcome the delicate one). This is more important grafting edible and caprifigs on the same plant. The two cultivars may have a lot of differences in vigour and bearing.
Multi-grafting has only meaning if there is not absolutely other way to have two or more trees, or for (as is a lot more common) make an exercice of "capability in graftings".

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:44AM
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axier - Z10, Basque Country (Spain)

I have no place for more fig trees in my garden, that is the reason for grafting an adult fig tree.

I know a man (Mundani, mentioned in my above link) who has one fig tree with 8 different varieties over it, with no problems.


    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 6:04AM
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sergnic(z9 Italy)

Axier, if there is motive..., any thing has to be done.
I'm sure (however) that the fig (eight time grafted) has never bited.
I've only said that may be "not easy" in maintenance, (and not only for figs), but may be that overcome some difficulty give a lot of satisfaction, and for this not a problem.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 3:22PM
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axier - Z10, Basque Country (Spain)

I will graft this spring / summer my new varieties over my fig tree, I don't know how many varieties, but I am sure that it will be several varieties.

Sergio, you are right, it probably won't be easy, but I hope very gratifying.

By the way, I have already hard-pruned my fig tree and it will grow vigorous sprouts to graft from late spring to late summer.

If I am successful with it, I hope to post in the future some photos of the entire process.


    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:01PM
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Since I have one fig tree variety that I like and four ones that I don't, I wish to use grafts to change the four. My questions are:
a) When is a good time for grafting?
b) Is there, anywhere on the web, images showing grafting details?
c) what is the preferable part of the host tree to accept grafts?

I live in Greece (near Athens) and the climate is mild. Thanks fore your help.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 4:16AM
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Vasilis, I had a friend who came from Greece and just after WW2 he went back to visit family I think in 1948, and when he returned he brought 2 figs with him. He called me to come see them and they were so big I could hardly believe it. They were about 8 or 9 inches through the center. After all these years I cant get anyone to believe me so my question is, have you ever heard of a fig like that in your country.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 11:02AM
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Can anyone tell me the months in which figs can be grafted in Phoenix, elevation 1300 ft, 100 days annually over 100 degrees!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2009 at 11:15PM
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Re: Phoenix
try early Spring?
Has anyone tried grafting a fig to a peppertree, oak tree or bottlebrush? I doubt it'll work, but I think they have root systems that reach the underground water. If it works I'll let you know!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 3:21AM
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