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fig cuttings question - new growth die off

Posted by tcleigh 7 (My Page) on
Sat, May 14, 11 at 22:34

Hello all--

I recently transplanted 15 Brown Turkey fig cuttings from 100% perlite into 1-gallon containers with a 1:1 perlite and potting soil mix. I had previously rooted them using the baggie method. Anyway, a few of them have started growing well, but the majority of them tend to produce small new leaves only to have them shrivel up and drop off a few days later. I'm wondering why this is happening. I have been covering the cuttings with a cut-off 2-liter bottle to maintain humidity.

Has this happened to anyone else? Any idea what is going on?

Thanks!


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RE: fig cuttings question - new growth die off

I have the same problem. I tried every thing. Very little water if any, I made domes to give them humidity. They doing the same thing like yours.


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RE: fig cuttings question - new growth die off

I encoutered the same problem couple of seasons ago when the soil was too wet. Too much watering. Now I take a cutting and just stick it in a 1/2 gallon pot that contains %80 Pime Grow and Cow manure compost and water a little to keep the soil moist but not wet. They grow very nice. Also I don't use any ziplock bags or doems to keep the humidity high, used them before and had lots of problem with molds.

To see if you need to water them, go by the weight of your container. What I mean is, just lift your pot before watering and see how much does it weight (you don't need a scale), then add few ounces of water then lift it and see how much it weights. Whenever you lift your pot and it feels light, usually after a week or so, then water them.
I water my cuttings (all are branching now) every 10 days or so, only about 5 ounces.

Good luck and keep us informed.

Navid.


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