Thursday, April 21, 2016

Frugal Gardening: Propagating Fig Trees

My husband loves figs and we don't have a fig tree in our small orchard, so after doing some research he decided that he wanted to try to propagate one.

He asked a friend who had a really nice fig tree if he could get some cuttings and the answer was yes, so off we went with with pruning shears in hand.

We cut several young small 'branches' that were between 1 and 2 feet long, set them in a bucket of water we had brought with us and brought them home.

We mixed up a container of garden soil and potting medium and set to work trimming all the leaves off the branches and then cutting the branches into approximately 6 inch pieces making sure that each piece had nodules on them.

My husband dipped each branch in water and then into a rooting hormone powder.  From there he 'planted' 4 'branches' in each pot using the soil mixture.



We only had 3 empty soda bottles in which to make a dome to create a greenhouse effect, so we set all of them in the greenhouse.  (The soda bottle dome was recommended in the research we did as was planting 4 branches together in each pot.) As my husband empties soda bottles he will add domes to the 3 that don't have one.

We're growing lemon trees from lemon seeds, planting garden seeds we've saved, learning how to make and use herbal fertilizers and now we're trying to grow fig trees from fig tree cuttings ... just call us the frugal gardeners!!!

 patsi

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11 comments:

  1. I had never thought about growing figs from cuttings. Thank you for sharing how you did it!

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  2. I would like to try starting a lemon tree from seeds. Is it hard to do? The herbal fertilizer sounds interesting, I will have to look into that. I will be looking forward to the progress you have with the figs. Thank you for sharing.
    Paula in Kansas

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    1. Paula, it hasn't been hard at all to grow the lemon trees from seed. I researched it and followed the instructions. I peeled the seeds, sprouted them and then planted the sprouts.

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  3. Wonder if you had apples you really like, if peeling the seeds would help them sprout as well?
    We did have one grafted apple tree survive, from two years ago. It's about 20" tall now.
    I'd love to try lemons too.

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    1. That's a good question about the apple seeds, let me know if you try it!

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  4. We have a fig tree that is about five years old. My husband bought a small tree. When it started bearing the crop was small for the first couple of years. I had to chop the fruit and freeze it to get enough for a batch of jam. Last summer we had a huge crop. I gave away many jars as Christmas and hostess gifts and even sold a few jars to neighbors who wanted some. Here is a delicious recipe for a small batch fig jam that is made in the microwave:
    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spicy_fig_orange_microwave_jam/

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    1. That's good to know about the figs being small the first couple of years and thanks for the recipe link!

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  5. well done! & good luck with the cuttings!
    i just bought myself a 'patio fig tree' which i'm going to plant out in the garden but a bit later on it needs to acclimatize here first so it will get potted up into a bigger pot for now. i too love figs & can't wait to eat them tree ripened off the tree. nothing like saving your own or doing cuttings to make your own :))
    thanx for sharing

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    1. We're hoping with all the cuttings we did and the TLC we're giving them that at least one of them (hopefully more) will survive!

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  6. On target again, Patsy...I, too have taken some cuttings from my sons' fig tree (so glad I got it when I did, because he has moved, since)...didn't think to use rooting hormone, just made sure to have roots left on and planted in a pot...the fig teee is now approximately 18 to 20 inches tall...still in a big pot, at present... so cool to hear about yours...pls. keep us posted as to how they do.

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