Fiddle leaf fig propagation is not hard and you can be successful, I promise!
The first step is to try.
I suggest taking 3 cuttings to begin with. You may lose 1 or 2 of them, but you are more likely to have at least 1 successfully grow roots for propagation.
Steps to Propagate a Fiddle Leaf Fig
Step 1: Choose your container.
I recommend using a clear glass container. This ensures you can see the roots and see if the water is cloudy.
This also allows light to get in to kill some of the microbial activity as you propagate your plant.
Step 2: Fill with water.
It’s important to use the right water for your propagation container. Use dechlorinated water or use tap water and let it sit out overnight for 12-14 hours to allow for better root growth. This also ensures you will not shock your cutting.
Step 3: Take your cuttings.
Begin by taking a cutting of 2-3 leaves. This gives your plant the resources it needs to grow new roots without spending energy supporting more leaves on top.
Take 2 or 3 cuttings to propagate to increase your chances of having a successful propagated fiddle leaf fig.
If you have trouble keeping your cuttings upright in their container or medium, you should try these easy-to-use node holders. This handy propagation tool is a simple way to keep root cuttings healthy and in place while they take root, which gives those roots more room to grow without the added pressure of supporting the plant’s weight. This plant node support also helps your cuttings root faster!
Step 4: Add a rooting hormone.
Rooting hormones increase your chances of propagation success and without it, the roots will grow much slower.
Most cuttings fail because of bacteria in the water. The longer your cutting is in the water, the more chances it has of developing an infection. An infection will kill off the cutting.
Shorter time frame in the water equals maximum propagation success.
Our Propagation Promoter and Rooting Hormone protects your cutting against bacteria and fungal growth in the water. It shortens the time your cutting needs in the water which increase the chances of a successful propagation.
**Mention the liquid is brown but you will be able to see roots / cloudiness still
Step 5: Leave your cutting in indirect light.
Your propagation container needs to be left in bright, indirect light. Direct light will scorch the leaves and light that heats the water can increase bacteria growth.
Step 6: Keep cutting warm.
When the cutting is kept warm, it speeds up the root growth process. You can achieve this by using a heating pad underneath the container or placing it in a warm area of your home.
**mention that heat from the bottom does not increase risk of bacteria in water only direct light does
How Long Does it Take for Roots to Grow?
Roots can take up to 6-8 weeks to grow. Don’t give up until after the 8 week mark.
Avoid changing the water but if it is cloudy you will want to put in fresh dechlorinated water and add rooting hormone to new water.
As your new cutting is growing roots, you want them to be 1″ long or more and you can see more than 6+ roots.
As it gets root bound, increase the size of your container and you have a new plant to keep or give away to a friend.
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