I'm going with Mario on the cuttings. Last year was my first with figs, after a lifetime (like Jon, since diaper era) of other happy gardening. For one batch of cuttings, I was religious about the baggies and the Perlite and so forth, and only a few of those cuttings made it. But I was busy and impatient when another batch of cuttings arrived. The second lot went straight into a very very light seed-starting mix, with about 20% Perlite added (by me), and a hefty scoop of my vermicompost. (Yeah, fanatic gardener with worms in her basement. Go figure.) The second batch, just potted up without roots, did very very well. We had a rainy spring, they got soaked often, and they were in very high humidity.
So now what, y'all? I've got a new batch of scions coming from Jon at Encanto Farms (hurray for Jon!!) Do I go back to baggies and try to figure out why I did so badly with that last year, or stick with success and just pot up the little devils in my super-starter mix?
Zone 5 but persevering
PS. One of my first-ever gardening experiences was planted a fig bush in Virginia with my dad when I was a teensy kid, like four years old.