June 10, 2014 by Buffy
I have a fig tree taking over my asparagus bed. This fig tree was a random purchase by Farmer Rick from the Farmers Market several yeas ago.
It has put on fruit the past couple of years, but I had rather it not be in the middle of my asparagus patch. It seems too big to transplant, but we may try in the fall. Farmer Rick heard that you could easily propagate figs. So, I did a little research on the web and sure enough there were a couple of videos showing people propagating figs. One video claimed 100% success rate with using soda bottles on limbs of a growing fig.
I had several soda bottles lying around left over from an Earth Day project at St. Joseph’s Center of Arkansas. So we decided to give this method a try. We cut off the tops of the bottles. Then we cut a slit down the side and a circle out of the bottom of the bottle. The bottom of the bottles were really tough. Then we slipped the bottle around a limb. We secured the slit with duck tape. Then we filled the bottle with a light weight potting soil. Now we just have to keep it damp for 6 weeks or so, until the bottle is firmly filled with roots. Then we will cut the limb below the bottle and have a newly rooted fig tree, that can be located somewhere besides in my asparagus bed.
We have no idea if this will work, but if it does we will have 10 new fig trees. Which will make chopping down the one in my asparagus much easier! Have you ever propagated a fig? Do you think this will work?