Newbie Guide: Fig Cuttings Sizes

January 23, 2021 • All Things Figs, Uncategorized • Views: 116

Previously, I wrote a very detailed article on good fig cuttings. When you look at these cuttings they pass the good fig cutting:

  1. Number of Nodes: at least three-node per cutting
  2. Length: four to six inches long
  3. Thickness: at least pencil thickness

Today, let’s compare the thickness, which is the only difference between these three cuttings. Everything else is the same. They all came from the same tree, but the branches have different thicknesses depends where I cut. Thicker cuttings are towards the trunk of the fig tree and thinner cuttings are towards the tip of the branches. It’s much easier to see the size differences this way side-by-side. If you need a size reference, you can use the standard NO. 2 pencil for pencil thickness, sharpie marker for sharpie thickness. And, jumbo cuttings are anything that is twice the size of a sharpie. I forgot to mention log thickness cuttings, it’s simply even bigger than jumbo cuttings. I don’t have a log cutting to show you. It is not that often that you will receive log cuttings.

Since we get these sharpie cuttings, we think pencil thickness is too thin. I think pencil thickness is a good standard. Sharpie to jumbo cuttings is just even better. Often, these size differences of thickness make a difference in quality and price. For example, you may search for Black Madeira fig. Everyone seems to want it, they are often surprised at the price. Then between the different sellers, the prices can be dramatically different. As a buyer, not only you look at the price but the quality of the cuttings being advertised. Let’s imagine seller A has a pencil size thickness Black Madeira, he sells it for $15 per cutting. While Seller B, has sharpie size cuttings for $20. Seller C, has a jumbo cutting for $25. For some people, the thickness and length of cuttings make a difference so they might end up paying more for what they desire.

Here is what I wrote in my previous article about fig cutting thickness:

Thickness: Preferable size are pencil-thick, sharpy-thick cuttings are even better! Thinner than pencil-thick, we call them skinny cuttings. Even skinny cuttings can root, probably better for grafting. And, not everyone is a grafter so don’t assume and send skinny cuttings. For trades, if you are not so sure if the other person will like it, just be honest. Take a photo and show them before you ship. Often, most issues can be avoided if we are upfront about it. The key to avoiding disappointment is communication to clear any unrealistic expectations! On Harvey’s Figaholics website, on some varieties, I believe it was White Madeira #1, he offers a smaller diameter for grafting and thicker cuttings for rooting. Some of us might not like log cuttings because it looks intimidating! Log cuttings just take longer to root. I think fig cuttings sold online should show the actual cuttings for sale with a ruler or something to compare for size. Buyers don’t like surprises! A photo of the ripe fruit that belongs to them, not a borrowed photo is preferred. The exception is Harvey’s Figaholics, he sets the standard for us. His website list the variety, price, information, photos, and videos of his fruits. He doesn’t need to show us how each cutting will look.  Harvey’s cuttings are the gold standard!

 

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