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Granville60

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I've literally had the worst luck with cuttings from buying cuttings from a guy who I later read many articles here to be a fraud to my latest problem which is every cutting I've had has grown a few roots but as soon as I put it in a new pot with soil it dies and it is brand new potting soil every single time! I'm to the point where I'm looking at it as I'm going to have to buy already grown trees to add to my collection! Why do my cuttings shrivel up and die? I keep them humid and I use brand new potting soil! It is annoying I've spent a ton on cuttings and have nothing to show for it! I'm not a brown thumb I have had many many gardens any suggestions?
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My first time 30 cuttings(using cactus mix for good draining) from ebay and none made it.  I did over water a little bit and I think the cuttings may have been old.  Then, I use that hp pro mix from lowes my second time around with alot better results.  Also the second time I cut from my own trees and 5 of 6 made it in the hp pro mix from lowes.  I'd try a common mix like the one I mentioned, and make sure your fig cuttings are fresh.  Of course use a humidity bin, I think youll have better luck.
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That's so difficult. I know some guys use peat pods to cut down on transplant shock. Basically the roots fill the pod then you transplant them with the pod into a larger container and the roots grow through the pod into the new soil none the wiser that they've been transplanted.

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Hi Sean ,sorry to hear Blut your troubles.I killed a whole load of cuttings in my first year,I did 3 rounds of cuttings,by the third I had some make it lol.Itsbhard to give specific advice as so much depends on your ambient humidity,temperatures and also the health of and how you pre-treat your cuttings(if at all).I would try using the search function on the forum for topics on rooting methods/materials etc,there is a ton of info on there to help you.My only real advice(unless you would like me to share my method,which I can if you wish) is find a local random fig tree and take cuttings,they are free,local and if you kill lots of them in pursuit of getting it right so be it,then once you have the method nailed you can spend as much as you want on a cutting with reasonable confidence of getting a tree out of it
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Thxs 4 the advice , but in zone 6 there is not so many growing around town. Unless i find a potted fig tree in a back yard somewhere and snip a few.. 😁
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Growing:  Excel, Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Olympian, Violette De Bordeaux, Chicago, Texas Blue giant, Peters Honey, Atreano, Black Spanish, Celest, Desert King, Lattarulla, Stella, Negronne, and Panache Tiger.  

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Very true,but you may be surprised what you can find if you keep your eyes peeled,the lengths some people go to to protect in ground trees in your zone still amaze me.If you were on this side of the Atlantic I would try and help you out.

Hopefully there are other collectors near you who can help you out if they are your post here.

It can be disheartening to loose cuttings but the reward is at the end of the season when you can see all these sticks actually looking like small trees and think "damn,I actually grew that from a twig" lol and then probably the year or two after getting figs. Fig trees are amazing but cuttings can be capricious.

My other top tip is definitely check out the search function,it's a goldmine,there are some great YouTube videos as well which can help



My method is similar to the above except mine is pretty stripped down,I don't use a light(though would maybe have better results if I did),no heat mat(i keep my bin next to a heating source),no temperature monitor(useful) and I I use about 50/50 or 60/40 mix of perlite/coco coir.There are loads of methods to try and we're all still learning and adapting.

From what you said happens to your cuttings I can approximate 2 potential reasons for difficulty 1,The mix is too damp so the roots rot,the cutting does and the leaves wilt then shrivel, or if you transition to normal temps/humidity from the bin too quick the cutting and leaves can rapidly dehydrate and the result is again death.

Another possibility is fingus gnats or bacterial/fungus in the soil mix-using soil based mixes brings with it the natural 'fauna' which is an variable it's not easy to control

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Use the forum search function. You will be overwhelmed with all the different ways you can start cuttings. There is no one right way. At best people can say "this is the way I've had success". Or "don't do it this way". I've started thousands of cuttings and killed hundreds. There is a learning curve. Good luck.
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http://figs4fun.com/basics_Rooting.html
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Thank you for the advice my friends I will keep plugging away at these cuttings and lucky me I live in California relatively close to Davis and there is fig trees everywhere I have been fortunate enough to get some really nice varieties that were already started! But all the ones I've cut or have purchased have never made it! I'll try the pro mix they could also be getting too hot since my patio at my apartment faces south and gets the southern exposure! I have a Panache cutting that still looks promising!
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