Are you interested to know about fiddle leaf fig propagation? Fig tree is one of the oldest plants on earth i.e 5000 BC. The scientific name is Ficus Lyrata. These plants are small in size and adaptable to every climate almost. Even these plants can survive under very low temperature (-12 to -6 ℃). The average lifetime of fig tree is about 15 years; however, you can propagate the plant with multiple methods. In this article, I’m going to explore the fig tree propagation methods. You don’t need to buy the replacement if your fig plant is not surviving.
How To Propagate Fiddle Trees Fig from Roots?
Can I use cutting to start a fig plant? Might be you have this question in your mind. The answer is yes. You can use fig tree’s cutting to grow a new plant. You can start the process even in dry weather. You just need to care the plant and understand the things. I’ll suggest you to start with 2 or 3 cuttings.
The success rate could be 50% or less. However, you don’t need to worry because if you get succeeded to get this percentage, it will be considered as good result. Moreover, the best season to grow this plant is winter. The cold weather can give you better results.
Process for How to Start a Fiddle Leaf Fig in soil
It is very simple and easy method to start a fiddle leaf fig tree from cutting. Let’s discuss the process step by step.
First of all, you need to select the best season to propagate the fig tree. As we discussed earlier, the best season to start propagation is winter. If it is not possible, no need to worry. You can start it in other seasons as well but you’ll have to compromise the success to some extent.
In the next step, start cutting from young branches to propagate the fig plant. Before starting make sure, the branch is thick upto 1 cm. The average size of cutting should be 10 to 15 cm long. I’ll suggest you to select the ½ cm thick branch and take cutting about 10-12 cm long. It would be best if your cutting has small green bulb from where leaf is expected to grow.
The third step is to cut the branch at 45 degree from the bottom side and placed it in small pot having compost. You don’t need to prepare a special compost or soil for this purpose. Personally, I would not recommend the use of rooting hormone. Keep the branch in pot 5cm deep and water the plant thoroughly.
Now you need to keep the pot at some shining place. Remember, don’t keep the pot under sunlight directly and also prevent it from the direct wind. Try to keep your plant at place that remains shady most of the day.
Take care of propagating fig tree and check it on daily basis. Try to keep the soil wet. Check the soil frequently and water it if soil becomes dry. Furthermore, I recommend spray the fig tree branch in hot days. It may take 4 to 5 weeks to develop a small leaf.
When the leaves start to grow, put your fig tree into a larger pot. So, what you think about this method to propagate fig tree. While transferring the plant to larger pot, add new compost and water it thoroughly.
When you see the plant has grown and is strong enough, transfer the plant to ground in sunny area. I’ll suggest you to transfer the plant in dormant season.
An Important Tip
While cutting the branch, make sure that it has 3 nodes. It will increase the chances of success. Two cuttings can also be obtained from a single cutting but it should have nodes. Do you know what is node? Node is actually a point from where the leaf or branch grows along stem.
How to Propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig in Water?
Most likely, rooting cuttings in water is the most popular way to propagate fiddle leaf fig plants. Follow these steps to get a fiddle leaf fig to grow roots in water.
Take Branch Cuttings
Take a cutting of fiddle leaf fig with a pair of sharp, clean trimming shears. There should be three or four nodes on the stem of each cutting. Take off the bottom half of the cutting’s leaves.
Place the Cuttings in Water
Fill a glass container with clean, room-temperature water. Put the cutting in the glass so that the exposed nodes are under water and the leaves are above the top. Once a week, change the water to keep it fresh and to add air.
Place the Container in an Area of Brightness
Place the cutting in a warm place with bright, indirect light, but not in full sunlight. In a few weeks, roots should start to grow.
Transfer the Rooted Cutting in Soil
Once the roots are at least an inch or two long, you can move the cutting from water to soil. Plant the cutting in a small pot with soil that drains well. Give it water and put it somewhere warm and sunny. Keep watering the soil to make it moist especially in first two weeks. This will help the roots get used to the soil.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation?
Fiddle-leaf fig propagation is a method to grow new plant from cutting of fig tree. A branch of 10 to 12 cm long is cut down and placed in compost to grow.
Some house plants are difficult to grow in homes; however, fiddle leaf fig s are easy to propagate. You just need to follow the above steps and you’ll get success.
What is the best time to propagate fiddle leaf fig?
The best time to propagate this plant is spring. The percentage of success increases if you start the process in spring season.
Your plant spontaneously grows and invests in its roots in spring. Cutting from a branch with new growth is the best method to succeed. Spring propagation allows your new cutting to thrive before winter.
Why is my Fiddle Leaf Fig Dropping Leaves?
If your plants leaves are falling, this could be due to multiple reasons. However, the significant factors are improper watering or temperature that is not suitable for the plant. If you are not watering the plant frequently, the soil will dry and ultimately affect the plant. Furthermore, too much hot or cold temperature can also be the reason of falling leaves.
Additionally, if you will do overwatering, it will cause fungal infection. The roots start to rot in too much moisture.
How Long does it Take for Fig Cuttings to Root?
The average time for rooting is 2 to 4 weeks but it can change with the variation in weather conditions.