Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Ground Layering Fig Trees

We've got some friends in the village who live on a beautiful old estate full of amazing trees and buildings. When we first went round a year or so ago I noticed a huge fig tree/bush against a shed opposite their house and asked if I could try an make a fig tree or two of my own from it.
A lrage fig tree with loads of fruit
 The cuttings I took from my mums last year are doing well but I thought a few more fig trees won't hurt (and if it comes to it I can always sell them if I have too many!).
Stripping the branch
 The first thing i did was to find some low down branches with no fruit on. I then stripped away some of the leaves, leaving around three on the end. Then I scrapped away some of the outside layer of the branch, the plan being that this is where the roots will start to grow from.


Pinning the branch in the ground
I dug a little hole and pinned this branch to the bottom of it. Filled up, the plan to leave it for a few months at least to create some roots. The bamboo cane is so I can find them and to stop the mower from cutting them off
Covered over - waiting for some rain on it now!
I did five of these so I'll let you know in a few months time if any have taken!
The next tree I want to propagate from is their mulberry tree, so any advice for that one will be appreciated!

11 comments:

  1. Well, if you need help eating the figs...
    Jane x

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    1. Nope! but I do need slowing down due to some of their effects...

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  2. We've been trying to do this - unsuccessfully at the moment. But we'll persevere, my Lovely Hubby adores Figs and it would be good to make a few new bushes to move to our new house with.

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    1. When you get your new place I'll send you some cuttings up that you can leave in over winter if you want!

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    2. That would be wonderful in the meantime we'll keep persevering, maybe if I have a go it will work. LH just has not got green fingers everything he touches dies or just doesn't work.

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  3. I'll be interested to see if this works, actually quite tempted to run outside and just try it for myself.

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    1. Go for it! I like your blog by the way. I'm keen on all things fruit!

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    1. So do I. Next thing to try is air layering but I might do that with the mulberry tree...

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  5. Any idea what the type of fig it is ?

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    1. I'm fairly sure they're brown turkey

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