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The 2023 Fig Cutting Sale Has Started

Updated: Mar 29

Hello everyone! I am happy to announce that my annual fig-cutting sale of 2023 will go live on Sunday, November 26th at 8 PM EST. Check out the sale, here.

To avoid common inquiries.

What You Will Receive

When purchasing 1 order of the variety you choose, you are committing to buying 1 set of 3 cuttings. Please contact me prior to ordering with any questions regarding any differences in size, caliper, and lignification.

  • I sell 1500 cuttings each year, it's not practical to offer 1 or 2 cuttings from a particular variety. No exceptions.

  • Receiving 3 cuttings per set should provide ample opportunity to at least successfully root at least 1 tree.

  • 95% of the cuttings will be 12 inches or more in length and can be cut in half for potentially double the amount of trees or a total of 6 cuttings. That's 36+ inches of wood per set of fig cuttings.

The photo of the cuttings in the listing is an example of what you will receive from this particular variety and is not the actual set of cuttings you will receive. Please contact me prior to ordering with any questions regarding any differences in size, caliper, and lignification. The varieties' genetics and my location are the main determining factors for those differences. See below for more examples of what your cuttings could look like.

I want to stress that the majority of the cuttings are from very healthy in-ground trees. This creates a lot of advantages when trying to establish your own tree. Cuttings from the suckers of trees that are planted in the ground have higher amounts of carbohydrates stored within them and they rarely display symptoms of Fig Mosaic Virus (FMV) due to a technique that I perform annually called rejuvenation pruning. However, FMV still resides within all of my trees. It's in all fig trees unless they are lab-grown.

Shipping Information

  • All orders will be shipped USPS Priority. $10 for each order.

  • I will ship to anywhere in the US on Mondays.

  • Tracking will automatically be sent to your email address.

  • For orders to Canada or Europe, please contact me prior to ordering.

If you have a special request, contact me so that I can determine if an accommodation can be made. 

Fig Cutting Guarantee & Delivery Issues

  1. My goal is to ship your order accurately and for it to arrive in good condition. If there's a delivery issue, please inform me with photos right away. I'll make it right.

  2. Frequently, fig trees are mislabeled by big nurseries. It's frankly irresponsible. They either don't know what variety they're growing or they made a mistake. In the rare event that I make a mistake, contact me with photos of the tree's ripe fruits cut in half. I guarantee that your fig tree is labeled correctly. 

  3. I also guarantee that the fig cuttings you receive will be those that I'd be delighted to receive myself. I am committed to offering only the most healthy, sizable, and from the most well-established fig trees from my collection.

Don't hesitate to try your hand at rooting fig cuttings. They're quite literally one of the easiest species of fruits to successfully propagate from cutting. You could even stick them right in the ground. If you have any questions, again, don't hesitate to ask.

Handling, Storage, & Rooting Instructions

The cuttings will arrive in two layers of plastic that are partially sealed to allow for optimal storage. They can be stored this way in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator for up to a year. However, I would use them as soon as you can to ensure that they are as fresh as possible.

Before use or storage, consider lightly scrubbing the cuttings with water or soaking them in a 10% bleach solution. Let them air dry before rooting or storing. Keep in mind, I cannot clean 1500 cuttings nor do I clean mine or others prior to personal use.

However, this will remove any pathogens, overwintering pests like scale, and cosmetic debry. After taking cuttings, fig trees leak a white sap. If the sap is left to dry on the cuttings, it may dry into a black color with an oily appearance. This is not mold. It's purely cosmetic and can be scrubbed off if you desire.

Additionally, white mold sometimes can be found on the surface of the leaf scars (where the leaf was attached to the branch). I do my best to remove any leftover leaf material, but some inevitably remain behind. Scrub lightly at these locations to remove any leftover leaf material and remove any small figs.

Rooting Instructions: A Hybrid of the Fig Pop and Direct Potting Methods - My Preferred Method

First, prepare the cuttings just as we would in the two-parent methods. Wrap them in parafilm by stretching and wrapping the parafilm around any portions of the cutting above the soil line. This helps retain moisture and protect the cutting. Make a new cut on the bottom close to the bottom node and score the bottom of the cutting exposing the cambium and hardwood, promoting callus formation and root development. Optionally, you can apply a rooting hormone like Clonex to encourage root development.

The next step involves planting the cutting in a one-gallon treepot, typically a four-inch by nine-inch pot, but a more traditional 6-7-inch container will work well also. Place a label with the cutting's details on a vinyl blind tag and insert it into the pot.

To learn more about affordable tags for fig trees, click here.

Then, place the pot inside a produce bag, which helps trap humidity and maintain the ideal soil moisture like the Fig Pop method would. Secure the bag with a rubber band, ensuring a tight seal around the top of the cutting and that 1 or 2 nodes are above the bag.

With this hybrid method, the right soil moisture and humidity are maintained, and the need for transplanting is eliminated. This simplifies the overall process and increases the likelihood of successful rooting. Keep the cuttings in a greenhouse or suitable environment with a consistent temperature, and avoid watering them for an extended period.

To read more about rooting fig cuttings, click here.

Additional tips:

  • I want to emphasize wrapping the tops of the cuttings with Parafilm or Buddy Tape. This way you can avoid the unnecessary step of using a humidity dome.

  • I would also avoid up-potting or disturbing the tree while it's still at the beginning of the rooting process.

  • If you're planning on rooting your fig cuttings indoors this winter, invest in high-quality lighting.

  • Make sure your rooting environment is preferably 75-80F, and keep the soil moisture consistently moist. Not wet and not dry. 

  • For thicker cuttings, I suggest that you pre-root them. Either wrap them in moist sphagnum moss or moist paper and place them in a plastic bag. Position them in a warm place until you see root initials and then pot them.

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