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Isildae starts with ...
I've just moved house and been advised that the fruit tree in the garden is a fig tree. Is there a way to determine what variety it is and if the fruit is edible? We have to cut it back to make room for a pool, if I take a cutting will it grow in a pot?
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ivepeters says...
Identification is difficult, the fruit & the leaves would help greatly. Taking a cutting is usually done in winter when it goes dormant, and they are quite happy growing in pots.
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BlackThumbed says...
Hello, if you would like to grow fig cuttings i'd highly recommend if you can waiting until winter to propagate hardwood cuttings. As for the variety and determination of it, a few photos would be helpful

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Manfred says...
You can compare the leaves to leaves on fig websites to try to determine what variety it is but I've never had any success at that.
If it's a classic three or five lobed fig leaf like you see in kiddies bibles it is edible and worth having.
It will grow and fruit in a large pot, or you can cut it right back and keep it small where it is. Figs grow easily from cuttings, but be reasonable about the size of the cuttings you use. About 30-400mm long, and try a few from the end of the branch and some of older wood. Keep it in the shade and keep it just moist until you are sure it has rooted.
They fruit on new wood, so cut back hard early and then let the new wood grow each year.
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