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Monday, 28 May 2018

Successful Air Layering Of My Fig Plants

I have 2 types of fig plants growing in 2 separate pots in my garden which I bought from the Fig Farm. The fig plants were very fruitful and they continued to fruit as the plants grow taller.
I was told to pinch the tip of the shoots to encourage shoots from growing sideways but I was afraid that it might affect the fruits on the plant. 
 I was also worried that it might damage the plants, so I just left the plants be until the fruits have all ripened. 
One day, my friend shared with me how her husband managed to propagate their fig plants by using the air layering method. 
 I was very interested when I heard that it was a very simple method without having to make any cut on the plant, so there is no danger of damaging or killing the plant. So I paid her garden a visit to see how it was done.
 A close up look of one of the figs from my plants.
 My Brunswick fig plant growing straight up without any branches.
 The one on the right is the Purple Jordan fig plant also growing straight up.
 I need a few pieces of plastic bags or plastic drinking bottles, garden soil, strings, and aluminium foil (optional).  Tie the bottom end of the plastic below the nodes (for the roots to grow from) on the plant with string. Fill the plastic with moist garden soil and then fasten the top end with string again. I then use aluminium foil to wrap around the plastic filled with soil.
Since my fig plants were quite tall, I chose to divide the plant into 3 parts by picking 2 spots to propagate. So I am supposed to get 4 new plants if everything goes well.
 I was told to wait at least a month for the roots to grow. After a month had passed, I opened the aluminium foil and true enough, I could see roots growing in the soil. Out of 4, I managed to get only 3 new plant which are now growing healthily in my garden.
 Now I have 2 Purple Jordan plant instead of 1.
Now I have 3 Brunswick plants instead of 1.
Thanks to my friend, I have a successful story to share.

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50 comments:

  1. Air layering...that sounds like a great gardening technique. Figs from your own garden is definitely something!

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    1. Something new that I have just learned!

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  2. Blessings....
    You are quite the gardener.
    it all lots wonderful

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    1. There is always something new to learn!

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  3. Such great joy your fig plants bring you:) One of the best fruit there is too!

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  4. I would have never known how to do this. Amazing. Some people have a green thumb and you're one of those people.

    Have a fabulous day, Nancy. ♥

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  5. Your fig plants are beautiful and healthy. I did not know there are different kinds. Do you just eat them, or cook them in recipes?

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    1. So far, I have been eating them fresh because they do not ripen at the same time.

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  6. Interesting, but our two big trees send our 'babies' from the bottom all the time. I have to remove them or we woud by now have had a forest of fig trees!! Take care Diane

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    1. Over, fig plants are so precious to us!

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  7. What a fascinating way to grow new plants!

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    1. I am so happy my friend shared with me this method!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this air layering method. well done for successfully propagating plants this way.

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  9. You have figs! That's one of my favourite fruits.

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  10. Your fig plant is bountiful with abundance of fruits! Very interesting this method of propagation. I still have not tasted fresh figs and I love the dried ones.

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    1. They taste quite different from the dried ones!

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  11. I love fresh figs! They grow on big bushy like trees here in Texas.
    You certainly have a way with plants!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I have no space to grow them in the ground!

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  12. Hey, my sister has a fig tree too.. she said very sweet when they are ripe.. so far, they are still hard...

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    1. When they are fully ripen, yes they are sweet!

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  13. It must be so delightful to be able to pick your own figs. Congratulations on the fine job you have done with these plants.

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  14. Now that's a gardening tip right there. Awesome!

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  15. Interesting plants and fruit processing! Wonderful how it take roots from middle of the plant

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    1. The roots will grow from the nodes on the steam.

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  16. Muy buenas esas higueras. Yo tengo de distintas variedades.Besitos.

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  17. I have never tasted a fig but still found the post interesting

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  18. You'll get the plants.. you have green thumb..

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  19. You have green thumb. Anything will grow in your garden.

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    1. Ha ha ha! Not everything, some only!

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