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  • Pruning/Taking cuttings--Advice, please.

    I've never done this before. Let's start there.

    My grandmother's place has been sold but the new owners have agreed to let me come take some cuttings/prune the fig tree while I'm in town for the holidays. I don't know what variety the fig is...only that harming her fig trees was a switching offense when I was a kid. This may be the last opportunity I have to get cuttings if this tree, so I plan to get as many as possible and hopefully have plenty root well got myself and the rest of the family.

    So the question is: What advice can you give me for taking the cuttings and transporting them home (assuming zip-loc bags). They will be set up with the rest of the cuttings when I get home next weekend.

    Thanks...and wish me luck.
    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

  • #2
    If you cut them small, I would make sure to cut the bottoms flat and the tops at an angle. I just put all of my cuttings in a gallon size bag and kept them in the fridge, no issues. One week isn't long for fresh cuttings, I don't think...
    Zone 7a in Virginia

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    • #3
      If you can get suckers with roots, that would be best. Otherwise, i would prune whole branches if they let you and just leave them whole.

      If they only will let you do minor pruning, then try to get them at least 8-10" long.

      Once you leave the premises, you can cut them into lengths that are easier for transport.

      Good luck.
      Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

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      • #4
        Oh yeah, if you find suckers with roots you will need something to cut them free with... I used a sharp knife. Turned out to be hubby's drywall knife, oops!
        Zone 7a in Virginia

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        • #5
          Make sure you are easy to take baby with root. And if you make cutting agreed above. Flat bottom angle top to determine top when rooting. At least 4/5 node per cutting.
          Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
          1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
          2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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          • #6
            If possible, prune branches as long as possible. I'm talking 3+ feet long. Advantages are: quick pruning and they will stay fresh for a few days as is. When you get home, snip about an inch above the on-site cut you made to find the fresh stuff, then prune the sticks to size (6-8" typically). Finally, double-bag (ziplock) and store in fridge. For added freshness, bundle them up with saran wrap first. Have fun!
            Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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            • #7
              Thanks, everyone! Headed out now for the 12 hour drive. Good thing I have a very long audiobook to listen to. Plan to stop at Smokey Mountain Knife Works near Knoxville for a break...it's almost halfway.

              Just in case I have no connectivity while I'm gone, have a good holiday in whatever tradition you follow!
              Last edited by DBJohnson; 12-22-2015, 05:04 AM. Reason: Stupid autocorrect made me look like Hodor...
              Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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              • fitzski
                fitzski commented
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                Thanks, Bryant. Hope you have a great holiday too!

                Good luck with the tree.

            • #8
              You too! Be careful
              Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
              1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
              2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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              • #9
                Merry Christmas Bryant!
                Ed
                SW PA zone 6a

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                • #10
                  Good luck with your cuttings. I hope they do really well for you. It's nice that you'll ve able to save a piece of your family history.

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                  • #11
                    Safe travels, buddy!
                    Zone 7a in Virginia

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                    • #12
                      Merry Christmas, and have a safe trip!
                      Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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                      • #13
                        Good luck out there!
                        Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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                        • #14
                          Here are pics of the two heirloom trees. One (two trees side by side) has long straight branches, the other has short curved/twisted branches.
                          You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 2 photos.
                          Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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