How to Cut Fig Trees to Plant


Fig trees are a wonderful addition to any home garden, and provide a delicious fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes for cooking, baking, or as a snack on their own. Fig trees grow in many different climates, and have been growing in Mediterranean areas since 5,000 B.C. Cutting fig trees to plant additional fig trees is a very simple process that does not require advanced gardening or agricultural skills.

Step 1

Use your pruning shears or paring knife and cut 3 to 4 inches of an existing fig tree branch.

Step 2

Place your fig tree branch in your freezer for two weeks. Freezing the cut fig tree branch will cause the fig branch to assume that winter has arrived and will remain dormant for the period of time it is placed in the freezer.

Step 3

Remove your cut fig tree branch from the freezer. Use your pruning shears or scissors to cut the end of the branch at a slant. This will help water and nutrients in the soil reach the branch easily after it is planted.

Step 4

Plant your fig branch in nutrient-rich potting soil (found at any home and garden center).

Step 5

Water your fig branch twice weekly for the first three months. You may scale back to once weekly watering after three months.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears (or paring knife)
  • Scissors
  • Potting soil
  • Fig tree branch
  • Freezer
  • Water


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