How to Cultivate Fig Trees From Seeds


Fig trees can be cultivated in several different ways. One of the ways to cultivate a fig tree is from the seeds that are produced inside of each fig. As long as the fig seeds are viable, preparing them for planting is not a difficult process and requires only a few basic planting materials.

Step 1

Determine which seeds are fertile by doing a simple seed test. Place all of the extracted seeds into a glass of water and allow the seeds to settle. Those seeds that sink are fertile seeds, while those seeds that float are likely infertile and should be thrown out.

Step 2

Fill a seed tray with sphagnum moss. Place fertile fig seeds on top of the moss and keep the moss moist and the tray warm. The seeds will root into the moss and form into seedlings after a few days.

Step 3

Extract the seedlings from the sphagnum moss after the fourth leaf has formed on the plant, which may take a few weeks. Plant the seedlings in individual pots or directly into the ground during the early spring.

Step 4

Test the soil where the seedling will be planted before planting. Add dolomitic limestone to the soil to raise the pH level if the level is below 5.5 to 6.5, which is the ideal soil pH for healthy fig tree cultivation. After spreading the limestone, use a tiller to thoroughly integrate the limestone into the soil.

Step 5

Place all fig tree seedlings 15 to 20 feet away from each other when planting. This will provide ample space for the seedlings to root and grow. Fig seedlings should be planted only a few inches down into the soil, just enough to cover the roots and lower part of the stem without covering any of the leaves that have sprouted.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Glass
  • Seed tray
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Dolomitic limestone
  • Tiller


  • Bonsai Hunk: Propagating Figs
  • UBC Botanical Garden: Fig Tree Propogation From Fruit
  • New Mexico State University: Fig Tree Propagation

Who Can Help

  • Home Garden Figs
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Alexis Lawrence has been writing professionally for six years and has been published on Associated Content. She is also a freelance filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. Lawrence attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science in English.