Category Archives: Figs

Fig Trees From Cuttings

We finally got all 5 remaining baby fig trees planted this summer.  The 3 3rd year figs seem to be doing  fine, but the 2 2nd year figs have just taken off.  It may be that the 3rd year figs were more root bound because they had an extra year of roots in the pot, or it could be that the places the 2nd year plants were placed were just better locations – I think it is a bit of both.

This is a 3rd year plant.  It is doing fine, but hasn’t bushed out like the 2nd year plants did.
planted fig tree cutting

This little guy has just taken off and bushed out.  Interestingly, it is in a hole that a fruit tree from the big box store couldn’t make it.  I think the hole has a drainage problem, but this fig seems to love it.  It is a 3 foot hole, about 3 feet deep, filled with bagged compost and soil because the area is solid red clay.  Well wait and see how it handles the wet winter and spring.
best growing transplanted fig

Since I have figured out how to root fig cuttings, I want to go back to my old place this winter and take dozens of cuttings from the remains of the old fig that these came from.  That way I should have at least a dozen more to plant in a few years.  I plan to plant them all thru the woods, in areas where the sun shines thru the canopy.  The wild life will thank me.

 

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Planted 2 Of My Third Year Figs Into The Ground

This is one of the 2 – 3rd year figs that I planted in the ground.  It is a big step for the little fig babies.  They can no longer stay in a warmish store room during the winter.  Hopefully it will grow a strong root base to allow it to survive the winter.  It might possibly freeze to the ground this winter, hopefully not.  It is planted in red clay, under a couple of 60′ pines, at the woods edge.  The other fig is planted about 15′ further back, to the left and a bit further into the woods entrance.  I dug a larger hole and filled the space with a half bag of cheapie manure around each fig.  I have developed the tendency to use bone meal on all of my plant’s roots.  I put a handful of bone meal around the root ball for this tree. I mulched around the fig with regular old shredded wood and bark, as you can see.
3rd year figs in the ground

These figs came from cuttings from 2 enormous 20 year old figs.  It will probably be many years before these trees are large enough to provide enough branches for cuttings.

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Third Year Figs

These are 3rd year figs – this is their 3rd spring.  I took the twig cuttings 3 winters ago.   I have to get them in the ground this season!  The past couple of winters have been colder than usual and they will probably freeze to the ground, but they need to be planted soon.

figs - 3rd year

I have had to put them in partial shade because in full sun they wilt- meaning they are probably too root bound.  I pinched off any little figs that popped up because I want all of the tree’s energy to go into developing the tree.  I also scattered a table spoon of Osmocote fertilizer balls on the mulch of each pot.  I felt that they needed some boost since they have been in this soil for 2 years.

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First Year Fig Recovered from Apparent Death

I got careless and neglected to water these first year figs for a day in the hot summer heat.  The leaves dried up to a crunchy green dead leaf.  I figured the little thing was dead.  After a few days of rain, I noticed tiny regrowth of leaves sprouting on the branches.
first year figs regrow

The fig tree on the left, the one with the lighter green leaves, is the re-sprouted tree.  I am so happy this little tree came back.  Now, until I greenhouse moved over here – I miss it so much!!! – I am trying to figure out how I can keep these tiny trees warm and alive over the winter.

(I collect and propagate little cactus.  These cactus are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of the greenhouse.  They need it’s shelter, especially during the winter.)

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Figs Are Grown Thru Propogation of Rootings

This is a 3rd year fig. It is planted in the ground and is growing great.

first year figs

These 2 two figs are also 2nd year figs.  All 4 of my 2nd year figs have long trunks with leaves at the top.  All 4 of my 2nd year figs are in yellow-green pots.  Some of these figs are trying to sprout leaves at the bottom.
2nd year fig

The 2 tall fig trees on the left – they are in the yellow-green pots, have long trunks with bushy leaves at top.  I picked most of the figs off of these 2nd year fig trees – I want all of the plant’s energy going into growing into a healthy, well rooted tree.  The 2nd year fig on the right has a few little leaves popping out at the base.   The two little figs on the right are first year figs.
first and 2nd year figs

I am so pleased with these 2 fig trees – they are first year figs:  I took the cuttings last fall and they sprouted roots this spring.  They are so full and healthy.  I pulled off the few figs that started to grow on them – I want all of the plant’s energy going into growing into wonderful trees.  I don’t have my greenhouse moved over here yet, otherwise these little gems would be sheltered in the greenhouse.
first year figs closeup

I might try to root some cuttings off of a few of our 3rd year figs this fall – don’t know yet.  Once I got the hang of rooting fig cuttings, it has become addictive.  My cuttings so far have been from 20 year old fig trees from our old place.  Those old figs were dying because of root nematodes.

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First Year Figs

These figs are in their first year.  I took the cuttings in January of this year.  Since we were in the process of moving, I wasn’t able to take good care of them and shelter them in the greenhouse, thus only a few cuttings made it.

first year figs

As you can see, I just stick the cuttings in a sandwich zip bag of moist peat moss.  Some of these have quite a root system.  I have since potted them in nursery pots and potting soil.

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Two Year Old Fig Cuttings

These 4 fig trees are 2 year old cuttings – this is their 2nd summer. They are a little late blooming – their first set of leaves blew off when I moved them to our new home in early March. After trying different methods – including rooting in perlite – I finally figured a way to get them to root.

Fig tree cuttings are taken in January around these parts. I pick 8 to 12″ twigs that have first and second year wood, cut a slant on the end of the twig, dip the cut end in rooting hormone and then stick the end in a zipper sandwich bag that is filled with wet peat moss and nothing else, sealing the zipper top around the cutting stems.  If the cuttings grow roots, they will probably make it.   These 2 year olds are roughly 24 inches tall now.  I expect them to put on another foot this summer and then next spring they go into the ground!
2nd year fig cuttings

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