As you all know, I have given up on the Spagnum moss/ perlite/ paper towel or any other artificial form of rooting in favor of the ways of the Old Greeks. I can do this because I actually live in a Mediterranean climate, and too many fungus gnats under artificial rooting conditions, made me re-think things. This way would not work for many members here because of the climates in which they live.
What is the way of the old Greeks? Pretty simple. In warm dry weather, find a place under a tree in partial shade, and make sure the soil is semi damp now and then. Put an ID stake in the ground, and arrange cuttings lying horizontally in a 1-2" deep trench in a spoke around the stake. Cover lightly. Walk away. Wait. Watch, but not every day... that will ruin everything.
One day a fig leaf will pop from the earth, and surprise you. And then another. And then more, but never all at once and always two or nine weeks between. Patience is best with this method.
Does it always work? Nope! Does it usually work? Yep! I have never had a problem with fungus gnats this way, but about 6 weeks ago two Native de Argentile popped up close to my walking onions. A few days later, my walking onions were trampled, and the Native de Argentile were gone. OMG! What got them? Probably a rabbit or a vole. They hate those green onions, but don't mind walking on them to get to what they want.
I watched the patch, and two Tena popped up. They immediately were surrounded with a chicken wire cage and all is well with them. THEN a couple weeks later, two Verdal Longue popped up. They are also surrounded with a chicken wire cage. Today, two very vigorous Native de Argentile showed up in the same place they were pruned by the rabbit, but they are really aggressively growing with two trunks each instead of one, and they now also are protected by a chicken wire cage. I guess a little rabbit pruning just makes these cuttings more determined.
The disadvantage to this method is that there may be leaves, but no way of knowing if there are roots. Left alone, most of mine eventually push the growth showing they are rooted. Another disadvantage is you don't know if there is anything happening under the earth. You just must wait and be surprised. I've got a few more varieties down in the partial shade patch. I'm just waiting. Experience has taught me, it can take 3-6 months before a fig will grow, and sometimes it is just the nature of it's variety.
I will leave these alone until they go dormant, then I'll dig them up, and let them grow for a year in pots to get nice and established. I've got 6 in big pots and they will go in ground this winter. These can take their places.
I wouldn't try this if your climate is really wet in summer. Your cuttings will rot. If your summers are cool, this might not work either. The summer heat wakes them up.
Now my big job is to find out specifics on the varieties I now have growing. Let the research begin! If you have input on Verdal Longue, Native de Argentile or Tena, I'd love to hear anything or see photos. I ordered Tena because a long time ago a member here said it's her favorite. A very refreshing fig on a hot summer day. I'm thinking it may be a little watery, and not as rich and sweet as some. Sort of like a watermelon?