HOW I PROPAGATED THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Remember my story last month about my sad fiddle? How she is dying a slow death? Yeah well she is still dying, tormenting me leaf by leaf, as they fall to the floor. Leo the pooch isn’t helping either, he thinks its ok to pull leaves off my $120 plant. Bloody dog.
But don’t despair, there is some good news on the fiddle front. One of the clippings I used for propagation has survived and is doing well. Figgy.2 currently resides in the laundry and seems to like it there. I have high hopes for this one – part of Figgy will live on in Figgy.2. I thought I would share with you how I propagated the fiddle leaf fig. By no means is this a researched and well executed plan. Sure I googled but mostly had no idea what I was doing.
HOW I PROPAGATED A FIDDLE LEAF FIG
Well first you need some clippings. I just chopped off two stems that needed removing, chopped them in half and thought well, why not try and propagate them? Clearly no thought went into the correct spot to take a clipping, I just took to her with a pair of gardening secateurs and hoped for the best. I mean the secateurs properly weren’t even sharp, a gardener I am not.
I then stuck the clippings in some soil and proudly Instagram’ed my efforts. Proud as punch! Then two lovely ladies suggested I take them out of the soil and put them in water to give the roots a chance to sprout (thanks Ashlea and Katrina x). Again, clearly no idea what I am doing. So I put them in water and popped them on the window sill in the laundry. I changed their water every couple of days.
Of the 4 clippings, two died quite quickly and two seemed to do ok. After about 6 weeks I could see little white buds on the stems and knew for sure these would develop into roots. I kept changing the water and sure enough one morning I woke up to this –
A root had sprouted quite literally over night. After about 4 more weeks this one root turned into this and I thought it was best to pot this baby fig.
So far so good. Figgy.2 has remained in the laundry where she seems to like it. I’ve been keeping her soil wet/damp. I read some where that when you are propagating you should keep the soil damp, so thats what I’ve been doing. Fingers crossed come spring time she has survived the cold and we might see some growth. I’ll keep you updated.
*Disclaimer – this advice should be paired with the advice of your local garden centre – or perhaps don’t listen to me and talk to your local garden nursery and see what they say lol
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