Propagating figs with cuttings
Growing figs at home is a real luxury if you live as far north as I do. I can't get enough of figs now. Propagating figs with the help of cuttings is easy. This is how I do it.
Propagating figs is really easy if you use cuttings. A brand new fig plant is a really great going away gift too. Any friends interested in gardening would be happy to get a nice little fig plant! There's something exotic about figs and having your own plant at home makes you dream about harvesting these sweet unusual fruits at home. Just imagine!
Take cuttings in winter
Winter is the perfect time to start propagating figs. The plants are resting this time of the year. If you cut your plants in late winter or spring, the figs are said to "bleed". It's supposed to be easier to cut them in summer. I have honestly not had any issues cutting them throughout the year though. Try it and see what works for you.
Take cuttings (not too thick) and cut them into around 8 inch (20 centimeter) long pieces. Cut them right above a little bud where a leaf was growing. A new little stem will start to grow from this point.
Put the cutting in a pot filled with moist soil and leave it there. New shoots will start to grow from this cutting.
Put the cutting somewhere cool in winter and let it "wake up" to warmer temperatures in its own time. So, don't put the cutting in room temperature during winter. If you want the plant to get going sooner though, you could always leave it under a grow light. This will help stimulate growth and root development. Don't forget to keep the soil moist!
Take cuttings in summer
Cut off the parts that you want to remove anyway and then cut them into smaller pieces. Put them along the edges of a pot filled with soil. Keep the soil moist all the time, the cuttings will dry out if you don't. It's easier if you keep the cuttings in a spot with shade.
Read more about cuttings here: Basil cuttings
Put the fig cuttings in water
Fig cuttings can develop roots if you put them in a regular glass of water too. But this method is a bit more difficult in winter since the plants are resting and shouldn't have full access to water. You can do this in summer though.
Prune the fig plant
The fig plant might grow really tall and leggy after the roots develop. Make sure to cut the shoot off a few buds above the ground so that the plant can branch off. You can use these cuttings to get yet another plant if you want to. You might want to take care of the plant by almost "sculpting" it the way you want. Prune it or let it grow like a little bush.
If you are completely new to figs, there are a few things you need to know. The first is that fig leaves can smell a bit like cat urine! So if you don't have cats and feel confused about what that smell is all about, it's probably the figs.
I'm going to write a bit more about figs here on the blog, specifically how I'm growing them in my polytunnel. Good luck propagating figs!