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Branching Out: The Many Ways of Propagating Fig Trees | Layering, Rooting, Grafting, Seeds & More!

Updated: Feb 21

Do you love the sweet, juicy taste of fresh figs and want to share your passion for these delicious fruits with others? Propagating fig trees can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to create new trees and expand your fig collection.

Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a newbie looking to get your hands dirty, there are many methods for propagating fig trees, from taking cuttings and rooting them to air layering and grafting.

In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of propagating fig trees, and offer tips and tricks for increasing your success rate. So grab your pruning shears and get ready to discover the many wonders of fig tree propagation!

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Taking a Cutting from a Fig Tree for Propagation

Taking a cutting from a fig tree is the first step when trying to propagate a new tree.

Here are some tips to help you take cuttings from your fig tree:

  • The best time to take fig cuttings is in winter when the tree is dormant. This allows you to take hardwood cuttings, which are more likely to root successfully and don’t require a misting setup like softwood cuttings would.

  • Look for healthy branches that are at least 6 inches long, and cut them off with a clean, sharp pair of pruning shears.

  • I recommend storing them in 2 layers of plastic that are both 90% of the way closed in your crisper drawer until you’re ready to root it outside or until your indoor rooting environment is set up.

Rooting Fig Cuttings