Fig Seed Propagation: How To Plant Fig Tree Seeds

by johnah on November 13, 2020

Fig Seed Propagation: How To Plant Fig Tree Seeds

How To Grow A Fig From Cuttings (from dried fig)

The following are some of the most common questions which have been asked by our readers. Please read them carefully before asking any question! Thank you very much for your time.


What kind of soil do I need?

A good quality potting mix will work fine. You don’t need to use a super high grade soil since it won’t provide enough support for the plant. If you want to make sure your fig tree grows well, then you should use composted cow manure or even chicken manure.


Do I need fertilizer?

No, there isn’t any special fertilizer required for growing fig trees from cuttings. However, if you want to give your fig tree a boost in growth rate, then you may add some liquid fertilizers such as fish emulsion or fish food.


Can I just leave my fig tree alone? Will it continue to grow naturally without me doing anything?

Yes, but you’ll have to water it regularly. If you want your fig tree to grow bigger then it is recommended that you repot it into a bigger pot so that it can grow more roots and get more nutrients.


Will my fig tree need sunlight?

Your fig tree will need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you are growing your plant in an area which doesn’t get enough sunlight, then you should consider buying a grow light to help your fig tree grow.


How do I start growing a fig cutting?

Take your cutting and remove all the leaves except for the top ones. Place the cutting into a small container which has been filled with damp perlite. The perlite will help to keep the cutting wet. Place the container in a warm location where it gets plenty of sunlight. After 2 weeks, you should notice new growth beginning. At this point you can transplant your fig cutting into a pot filled with soil.

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CAUTION: Try at your own risk! Growing fig cuttings is not always easy and successful.

Fig seed propagation: how to plant fig saplings

Fig trees can be grown from seeds and this process is called planting fig seeds. Fig saplings can also be grown and this process is known as how to grow a fig tree from cuttings. Different names, same thing. This guide will teach you how to plant seeds which will grow into fig cuttings which can be grown into adult trees.

So let’s get started!

What you will need:

A clean cup

A sharp knife or razor blade

A bag of potting soil or seed starting mix

A pair of scissors


Tub or large container for holding water (optional)

First, cut the fig open along the side. Be very careful while doing this so you don’t accidentally cut yourself. The side of the fig should just pop open like a clamshell.

Remove the inside of the fig including the seeds and the stem. You just need the skin or outer layer.

Soak the skin in water for 2 days so that it begins to peel away from the flesh. Scrub it gently during this time so that dirt begins to come off.

After the 2 days have passed, the skin should peel away very easily. The inside of it should be very dark brown or black. This is the part you will be planting.

Add some potting soil to your cup. Make sure that it is tapered at the bottom so that it can be placed upside down.

Place a couple seeds inside. Pat the soil down so there are no air pockets around the seeds.

Water the seeds and put the cup in a warm place. If you want, you can place the cup inside of a larger one that has holes in the bottom to allow water to drain from the cup. This is helpful so that the seeds receive enough moisture but are not flooded.

Keep the soil moist by watering when necessary. In about 4 weeks, you should see sprouts emerging from the seeds. Transplant them into individual pots after they develop their first pair of leaves.

That’s it! You’re ready to grow some fig cuttings!

If you would like to learn how to propagate fig trees through layering or division, simply type in the keywords in the search box at the top of this page.

If you are interested in taking your skills to the next level, why not try growing a fruit tree?

We recommend starting with papayas, as they are one of the easier tropical plants to grow.

Good luck and happy gardening!

CAUTION: Growing fig trees from seeds can be difficult and it is much easier (and faster!) to grow them from cuttings. If you are not an experienced gardener, we recommend purchasing fig cuttings from a nursery in your area!

Ask us a question below if you need help or more ideas!

Sources & references used in this article:

Allelopathic Effects of Parthenium hysterophorus Extracts on Seed Germination and Seedling Growth of Eragrostis tef by T Tefera – Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 2002 – Wiley Online Library

Influences of presowing treatments on the germination and emergence of fig seeds (Ficus carica L.) by O Çalişkan, K Mavi, A Polat – Acta Scientiarum. Agronomy, 2012 – SciELO Brasil

Old World fruit bats can be long–distance seed dispersers through extended retention of viable seeds in the gut by LA Shilton, JD Altringham… – Proceedings of the …, 1999 –

Seed mass, seedling size and neotropical tree seedling establishment by C Baraloto, PM FORGET, DE Goldberg – Journal of Ecology, 2005 – Wiley Online Library



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