Fresh Figs from an Arkansas garden.

Fresh Figs from an Arkansas garden.

If you have an established fig tree already, you can easily clone it.

I show how simple it is, cutting the ends of an established fig tree, and transplanting the clones to the ground. I also show ripe fruit being picked fresh off the original fig tree.


Some of the questions I try to answer in this video:

Will roots grow in water?  Yes.

Do you have to use root hormone?  No, but it might speed up the process.

We get freezing temperatures here in the winter and the original fig tree usually dies back.  In the spring, the tree has to start over from the ground up.  The two young transplants might need extra protection this winter to make sure they survive until spring, so I plan on covering the transplants with a heap of dried leaves or something similar, once the weather forecast predicts freezing temps.  The young root system might not be able to handle a freeze, so I’ll try to protect them with a blanket of insulating material.  I could also build a cold frame around them, which might be better.

Figs cut into slices.  These fresh pieces taste very sweet.

Figs cut into slices. These fresh pieces taste very sweet.

Questions addressed in the next video, part 2:

How does the donor plant heal up after it is cut?  The trees on my property healed up well and shot out new stems.

If the leaves fall off the fig tree, is it dead?  In my case: no.  The plants came back to life with new growth after a couple weeks of shock and dormancy.  The transplants even survived a couple frosts already this fall.  See the details below.

VIDEO – Part 2

My fig tree transplants are growing along side garlic and mint.

Fig trees are a renewable resource.  They come back year after year with little maintenance and provide fresh fruit and a limited wood supply.


  1. Eddie says:

    Thanks for your video documentation. A friend has provided me with 4 cuttings from a fig tree that she was trimming and I will try your method for getting them started. Your variety of projects on your site seem to go along with my interest as well.

  2. Z says:

    How are the cuttings doing 2 years on? I live in the tropics so no autumn/winter here and I started my cuttings in soil 3 weeks ago. All have sprouted roots, and 3 started sending out shoots.

    Its the first time I’m growing a fig tree and it’s so good to have your videos. :)

  3. Rita says:

    Thank you so much for the Instructional Video on how to a Fig Tree from Cuttings.
    I have a Dwarf Fig Tree which I’ve pla nted 2 years ago in a big container because I live in a Apt Complex and this Fig Tree, made his way inside the dirt ground thru the drainage holes and grew up into a Magestic very Tall Tree but sadly never harvested not even one Fig :(
    Now I am Moving Out at end of this November and I am Donating this Fig Tree to someone who has a Backyard. Do you think this Tree will survive if we cut the Roots to move him out of this Property?
    Please if you know the Answer for my Question please send me an E-mail. Thanks and have a nice Week!


  4. Alison Ang says:

    I would like to know what is the name of the liquid in brow bottle when you applied to the open cut area of fig tree to propagate. I am very interest to try to do same as you did. It is very intersting video. thank you. Alison

  5. Earl says:

    Hi. The liquid was just water. I was cleaning the stem and was not trying to apply anything to it.

  6. jeff says:

    How often did you change the water or didn’t you change it at all? Great stuff, by the way, great to see another method to propagate figs.

  7. Earl says:

    Regarding the water, I do not recall changing the water, but I do remember thinking that dirty water would be better so there might be some nutrients in the water that could help nourish the struggling cuttings.

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