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Repotting the fig cuttings

Fig roots

Rooted fig cuttingRemember my willow rooting hormone experiment?  The three fig cuttings above were the control and the fig to the right is one of the cuttings treated with the willow hormone.  An unscientific observer would probably say: "Clearly the willow rooting hormone did a great job!"  But let me throw a bit of data at you:

Celeste Fig:

  • Willow: 1 awesomely-rooted cutting (shown to the right), 1 well-rooted cutting, and 1 cutting not rooted at all.
  • Control: All three cuttings have small roots (photo above).

Dwarf Fig:

  • Willow: 1 cutting with a small root and three unrooted (photo below).
  • Control: 2 cuttings with small roots and one unrooted.

Black Mission Fig:
I haven't dug into this pot yet.

Rooting experiment

After looking at the data, my conclusions are:

  • Celeste Figs are easier to root than Dwarf Figs.
  • The willow rooting hormone may do nothing, or it might impact different varieties in different ways.  It seems worth trying the willow rooting hormone again with Celeste, but maybe not with the Dwarf.

Cuttings in the shadeAll of this geekery aside, the reason I was delving around in my fig pots is that I noticed the plants with the biggest leaves wilted a bit when I placed them in full sun this week.  Now that I see how few roots most of the cuttings have, I understand why.

I had originally planned to transplant these cuttings into a nursery bed in the garden for the summer, but I opted, instead, to pot them up into individual pots large enough for a full summer's root growth.  That way, I can keep the cuttings in partial shade on the edge of the porch until they've got their feet under them a little more and are ready to go in the ground in permanent locations this fall.  Plus, now I can start rehoming the extras --- the three figs shown here have already moved to our movie-star neighbor's high-class accommodations.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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