Rooting fig cuttings



Rooting fig cuttings and other plants that propagate from cuttings. This method works quickly to develop roots and to propagate plants from cuttings, though not all species accept the rooting cuttings procedure).

Rooting plants from cuttings can be easier if you do the pre-rooting of cuttings first, in coco coir.

This helps a lot as the cutting only goes to a pot when it has at least a few roots, so the success rate is much higher.
The slightly damp coco coir and the use of parafilm prevents the rotting of the cuttings and the negative effects of mold (that can’t penetrate the cuttings wrapped in parafilm), even with varieties that take more than 6 weeks to develop roots.

With though to root plants the best approach to propagate them is to do an Air Layer (check my video on How to do an Air Layer in the channel)

I usually root plants from cuttings in the Spring, when it starts to get warm and sunny, using dormant cuttings (with figs i receive cuttings by mail from other fig enthusiasts, in the winter, and they wait in the fridge, wrapped in kitchen film, until is time to use them)

The cuttings started in the beginning of the video were done in April and i had older cuttings rooting from March (the ones i show in the video with roots), but i started rooting in February.

If you root cuttings indoors with artificial light and temperature control, you can do it as early as November.

You can also use green cuttings (more delicate but they also root well – i might do a video on this subject next year) so, if you pay attention to temperature control, you can do it pretty much year round, although i would recommend from February to April/May. (in a zone 9a, like mine – adjust, if necessary, to other warmer or colder areas).