Fig Guide: From Fig Cuttings to Fig Tree

Something caught my attention this winter. I saw newly made fig pops, sold as fig plants/trees just because it had a few young roots.

Here in the Seattle, Washington also known as Pacific Northwest (PNW) we have roughly three months before we start transiting our newly rooted cuttings outdoors. The start of the fig shuffling. I had made a video a year ago, when I mention I bought some figs online in Early Spring, at times find myself disappointed in how fragile the roots were when I received them. Here is a quick recap of what I wrote in a previous article.

Bad Business Practice: Something caught my attention this winter. I saw newly made fig pops, sold as fig plants/trees just because it had a few young roots. It was sold locally as well as on our Fig Addiction Facebook group as fig pop. Since it was locally, I saw the listing on the Facebook marketplace and offer up being ship and sold as fig trees. It was really just a cutting that just barely made a few roots.  Usually, the tree has to be stable well-rooted before shipping. Shipping these fig pops, the roots can easily break. The buyer may have received the fig pops, but when they go to look at the roots if they died shortly after the buyer probably would have preferred if they rooted themselves or buy a well-rooted plant elsewhere. And, it was even priced like one-gallon one-year-old plants. A fig pop tree was sold for $15 local pick up or $20 with shipping. You can probably find better-rooted trees from your local hardware store or local nursery. Sadly, this person does know what a well-rooted tree looks like, they are successful at making air layers. While this fig pop person is not a scammer, it only takes until May to ship out fig trees that would have been well-rooted. Let’s be clear, these fig pops are not fig trees yet. Last year, I made a video about fig plants that I bought on figbid and online, when I tried to repot it, the roots were not well-rooted. Some of these poorly rooted plants died shortly afterward. I talked to some local friends who also experienced poorly rooted fig plants it was discouraging to buy online so he decided to just buy locally from now on. There are some awesome online fig sellers who only send well-rooted plants. Trees too young to ship should not be sold or traded, only issues will arise.

Now, here is a photo of what I mean by something ready to be sold, trade, shippable. I often don't like to hold a fig by its trunk but for this demonstration. I did to show how the soil is held in place. Also, a great example of a not root bounded fig tree. I'm sure you have received some fig trees that are so root bounded its not good for the tree. While you may not want a too young of a fig plant, you also don't want a root bounded tree. The roots that wrap around in circles are choking the tree! Fixing a root bounded tree is not a fun job. Requires a lot of patience and love.