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Hey guys, new to the forum and I have a question about my first Fig tree. I’m new to growing trees all together so bare with me 🤔. I was offered anything I wanted from a “mother fig” by a customer after installing their floors. I had zero knowledge of how to grow figs so I dug up what I figured to be an attached sapling during the end of winter in Central Florida. The tree was huge and had no leaves with the exception of quite a few small green bulbs throughout. A branch had grown into the ground and rooted where I dug up a single straight branch about 2.5 ft tall, maybe 1 inch in diameter. I chopped the branch in the dirt after digging a seizable root system up around it and instantly put it in a bucket with moist soil. During transport in my work van it toppled and broke. When I got it home I snipped it about 8-10 inches above soil and left 6 nodes. Salvaged what I could and I’m also trying to propagate the cuttings. It’s been in the bucket with holes drilled in it for drainage for about 2 weeks. She’s grown 6 small green bulbs like the mother tree since I’ve had it. Am I doing okay or would seasoned fig lovers have any advice for a novice? Thanks in advance!
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Heya Mike. It looks like you've done all the right things so far. Put that in a sunny spot and it should start leafing out any day (week?) now. Keep the cuttings moist but not wet and they may strike as well, but don't be too gutted if they don't...I usually get my best fig cuttings in the first part of winter and when I take them just ahead of bud break they usually fail.
 
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Thanks Phil! Okay, I keep it outside in almost full sun all day but it’s Been dropping into the 40s lately so I figured I would try to limit any chances of trauma until the weather starts to stay more steady. I may have watered my cutting a bit much. I’ll cut back on that and hope for the best. One more question. Do you know when I could expect fruit from this type of grow? Much appreciated.
 
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If this was a branch on a mature tree that has been fruiting, then you could get at least a few figs from it this year if it grows well. Figs don't take long to get down to business. I wouldn't worry about lows in the 40s. The only thing that would be a showstopper would be a hard freeze after new growth has begun, and I don't think that's very likely in your neck of the woods.
 
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