This is a seven week old cutting, from one of my purple fig trees. In the beginning of May I cut off a young branch from the tree. I simply put the cutting in a regular pot, filled with soil from my compost. I covered it with a bag, to make a mini green house, and kept it warm, but in the shade, outside, until I saw new leaves sprouting. New leaves indicates that the cutting is growing roots. The above photo is what the branch I cut off, looks like today. I also started a few without this mini green house. They are also doing well, but are smaller. Purple figs bear fruit at a young age. I can expect fruit from this tiny tree 1-2 years from now.
The same day as I started this fig tree, I started another baby fig tree, with another method. This method is known as air layering. It grew an abundance of roots. You can see them in this post. In this method you cut of a bigger branch with existing leaves, that becomes your new tree. Despite the massive new roots system that developed in the bottle, your new tree will become severely shocked when you cut off the branch. I decided to take all the big leaves off, to help my new tree focus its energy to rooting in the new pot. The leaves in the photo below are all new leaves, that emerged after the shock.
Both methods of fig propagation works very well. It’s going to be interesting to see future growth of the trees.
Have you tried any of these methods? Maybe you have an even better method of tree propagation that you want to share? I’d love to learn everything there is to learn about propagating trees, in particular fruit trees.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Be safe until next time 🙂