A while ago, I wrote a post on growing fig trees through their cuttings. Basically and in theory, you can take a few clippings from an already growing fig tree, stick them in some green moss, dirt or water and they’ll allegedly start sprouting buds and roots. I’m sounding very skeptical here because the initial clippings we received never worked out.
I believe I may have screwed things up. I’ll tell you what happened – after receiving the clippings, I put some soil in a tupperware container. I placed the clippings on top of the dirt and then some dirt on the clippings. I then waited about a week. What I found after my wait was somewhat disturbing. Although I kept the air and water fresh in the container, I found a bunch of clippings covered with mold. I said to myself, “Oh my, I better watch a video on Youtube to see the proper way of growing these things.” I did and subsequently ordered some green moss. The guy in one of the videos I watched told me that moss is the way to go. I tried his method, only to find more mold on our clippings.
After the moss ordeal, I figured that I could just put the clippings in some water and wait things out. I discovered that this was a bad idea because after a few days, the water got funky and the clippings began looking “irregular.” I think they were starting to rot. I withdrew them from the water, walked out to the back yard and stuck them in some dirt. A week later, I plucked them from the dirt and tossed them into the bushes. C’est la vie.
Unbeknownst to me and in the meantime, Laura had contacted the fig tree clippings seller on ebay and pleaded for some fresh clippings. Being the nice guy he was, he sent over six new ones. We received them earlier this week. This time though, I didn’t go near them. I told Laura, “This is all you. Don’t even come near me with those things.” She didn’t fight and simply filled a few glasses with water and dropped the clippings into them. As simple as that. And new they seem to be growing. No soil. No moss. Just water. I may have overdone it the first time.
It’s funny because there are various ways that people suggest growing fig trees from clippings. And I’m sure they all work for those people. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out how they kept the mold down. The recipe calls for warm humid air, but so does the recipe for growing mold. Weird. I guess we’ll stick to our current water method and see what happens.