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Re: fig tree rooting

Re: fig tree rooting
Posted by: anthony mills (IP Logged)
Date: June 27, 2007 20:24

George - the quick answer is that yes, fig [ficus carica] is easy to root from cuttings and is then capable of producing fruit within a few years. The standard method would be to take cuttings in late summer of this years new growth with a small section of last years growth at the base, of non-fruiting shoots from an upper side branch, pencil thickness or so, about 9" to 12" long and with the lower 2/3 planted into well-drained but moisture-retentive compost either around the edge of a deep pot, or in the ground, with the compost firmed against the cutting so that it can absorb water directly in the period before it initiates roots, which should start to appear within 6 weeks, though they are best left undisturbed for several months. In fact they root with such facility that I have bunged any old sticks up to 3 years old in whatever came to hand and still most of them took, but you will undoubtably get the best results and the best plants from the youngest propagation material.
When planting out, the root run must be restricted in some way to promote fruiting rather than vegetative growth as if left to run free they will tend to make a bigger tree but less fruit. This can be achieved by keeping them in, or planting them in the ground while still in, an extra large pot, or as is often recommended, by planting inside 4 paving slabs set vertically in a square. They will thrive in the warmest driest most impoverished suntrap you can find, or for example, in a small planting area set into block paving , or against a sunny wall.
I don't go at all for the dried up aids to digestion in packets, but a sun-warmed succulent fig fresh from the tree is a whole other taste sensation....

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|  fig tree rooting george 23/06/2007 18:25
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|||  Re: fig tree rooting tahir 28/06/2007 16:37

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