July 21, 2014 by Buffy
Six weeks ago we started our fig propagation project. We placed plastic soda bottles filled with soil on the limbs of our fig tree. This fig tree is growing in my asparagus bed and needs to be removed. We are afraid it is too big to remove and hate to kill it. We never imagined soda bottle propagation would work, but it seems to be working. The bottles have filled with roots.
Here is a couple of photos showing the roots after the soda bottle was removed.
So, today we cut the limbs and transplanted each limb into its own pot.
They looked a little stressed a few hours after the transplant, but have recovered nicely over night.
Let’s review this project.
1. Plastic soda bottle wrapped around a limb and filled with dirt.
2. Water daily for 6 weeks.
3. Wait the full 6 weeks before cutting the limb even though you will start seeing lots of roots by week 3. The bottle should feel very firm with roots. Remove limb and transplant new rooted tree.
We did learn a few pointers while doing this project.
1. It is best to place the bottle on a vertically growing limb. This helps hold the dirt in your bottle and makes it much easier to water. We only had one bottle that didn’t root because the dirt fell out of the horizontally placed bottle. 9 of out 10 bottles rooted successfully!
2. We recommend 2 liter soda bottle size bottles.
3. It’s probably best to water the bottles thoroughly the morning you plan to cut the limbs.
4. We recommend cutting and transplanting in the evening. This should reduce the stress on the new tree.
This was a very easy project since it rained almost everyday the first 3 weeks and rained almost every other day the last 3 weeks. We only watered the bottles about 5 times. Now we have lots and lots of fig trees! I would love to hear your favorite fig recipe.