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a very kind member sent me two RdB cutting that rooted very easy for me. well three days ago i moved them from the cups to a one gal pot. (6 plants in all) they all looked great up until today. one of the RdB well rooted cuttings has massive leaf droop and the leaves are starting to curl up. did i kill my beloved RdB. what shoulr i do here. please help me save this little guy.
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If you get them to quick from very humid box to room humidity they will do that.
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check the cutting. see if it's drying up where the leaves are coming out. if they are fine, they should recover once moved into humidity. if they are drying up, and turning dark, not hardening.. well.. still give humidity like humidity dome/bin and see if they recover. 
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As long as there are roots, and the main cutting is alive, it will form other shoots below ground level, and one day, up they will pop!

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it is that transition that kills mine (some temporary and new shoots emerge)  I found that I wet the cups too much to get the roots from sticking..well, in doing so, that wet soil should not be moved over... they seem to do better with not much water and putting the dome over, keeps all that moist in and that is what they need. Yes, I lost a few, but I am learning and even the pros lose theirs...so, I hope it recovers for you.
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me too, it was in a 16 oz cup, no dome. out of the 6 that i potted up this is the only one looking bad. i am keeping a close eye on it and misting with a spray bottle every few hours. the soil is damp but not overly so. the smaller leaves dont seem to be affected as much. i am thinking i should remove the larger (droopy ones to free some energy. but dont know for sure. normaly when i do cutting i try to do bulk 30 of each. and let them be. 9 times out of 10 they all fair alright. but these are RdB and i only have the 2.
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I did the same thing to some unknowns I have. I think I disturbed the roots too much... :(
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how did your unknown turn out?
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Dave,
   Sorry to hear about your RdB, but there is always hope.  In the past I brutalized my rooted cuttings something fierce, and to my surprise almost all of them came back from what I considered a sure death sentence.
The resilience of these little trees always amazes me.
   In reference to root damage, the problem was solved(for me) when I switched over to inverted 32oz. deli cups.  When it's time to uppot to 1gal. simply remove the bottom cap and slide the whole root ball and tree into the new pot without ever touching the roots.  Have had 100% success rate since switching over to this method.
   Best of luck with your RdB and with all your trees.

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its a good thing you have five left of RdB. Thats five huge trees! If it survives, great. But if not, well its for the best. You have your backups.
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i transferd 6 trees total, a lattarola, a abuque petite, 2 VdB, and 2 RdB. i have been playing around with figs for three years now and have never had this happen. kinda bummed out about having the one be an RdB, but i am hoping for the best. the smaller leaves still seem to be doing fine and the buds as well. just the larger leafs are now drooping and shrivling up. it is what it is.
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Ronde is a very robust cultivar but i would not fuss with it too as sometimes we do more harm than good
Its ok for some leaves to drop its not ok for the whole plant to bend over wilting.  ; )
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Has anyone tried peat pots to root cuttings if they're concerned about breaking roots when transplanting? In that way one would simply put the rooted cuttings into gal pots without disturbing the roots at all.
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Rich i open new thread not to change subject matter here to much .  ; )
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I know bullet said somthing about using peat pots. a few other members use upside down cups.
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Dave, the unknowns have been perking up ever since I upped the humidity...100%
I expect them all to make it. the ones with wilted leaves have started to pick up and I expect the others with completely dried and shriveled up leaves to put out new shoots.

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In the future I'll do all my cuttings the traditional baggie/wet paper towel, newspaper, sphagnum moss etc... with the set of cuttings that wilted (not all of them wilted BTW) I started the cuttings in the same one gallon pot to save space, all of them without separation. I hadn't setup lights yet so I had to get them danger close to work with the lights I did have. It was a great mess of roots (awesome root growth). come to think of it, it may work to root like this as long as one remembers to up the humidity when the transplant happens. I have a few other gallon pots planted in the same manner with cuttings from my own trees... guess I'll find out.
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