First let me begin my first post by saying this is the finest fig forum on the internet.... I would be completely lost without it.
I love figs, and within the previous two months I have bought my first two trees- Celeste and an unusually tasty Brown Turkey.
Well, the last fig on my list for my piedmont, NC garden is a yellow/green fig. A friend of mine has a large yellow fig tree- it is most likely Kadota, but it could be Alma or Blanche.
Whatever it is, it produces very fine figs.
Unfortunately, he thought it was best to severely prune a fig tree every fall... and when I say severely prune, I mean cut it down to the ground. Once I found out about this, I immediately asked for cuttings. I ended up with over 12 tip cuttings- mostly from what was left at the stumps- suckers and last seasons low twigs that never saw the sun... (until now).
So.. this is my first attempt at propagating, and propagating earlier than recommended unfortunately....
I used fine perlite and sphagnum moss (not peat) for rooting medium. With a pair of scissors, I chopped the sphagnum into smaller pieces, and combined equal proportions of perlite and moss. I used clear plastic cups with 5-6 holes drilled into the bottoms.
With a sharp and clean razor blade, I about .5" off the bottoms- right below the lowest node/leaf site. I cut into the twig at a 45 degree angle and then thinly cut most of the skin off the cutting up about one inch from the bottom.
Now here is where I might have made a mistake.
For most of the cuttings, I dipped the bottom inch into rootone before planting in cups.
Since this was my first time and I had many cuttings, I made some variations to some of the cuttings to find what particulars work best.
For 6 of the cuttings, I prepared them like how I previously mentioned- I cut all of the skin from the lowest node and from the leaf site. There were no green buds present at the lowest nodes.
For 3 additional cuttings, I did not cut so much of the skin off, and I left most of the skin surrounding the nodes intact.
For 3 additional cuttings, I did not remove any skin.
For 2 additional cuttings, I did not apply rootone.
Later this week I will take some more cuttings (none will be tip cuttings) and will apply your advice to further increase my success rate.
Does anyone know any rooting/ young growth particulars of Kadota? Do they root easily? How quickly?
My house's room temp is around 65... do I need a heating pad?
The relative humidity this fall has hung around the mid 70%...do I need to put bags over the cups?
Any suggestions or comments would be MUCH appreciated.