First, my apologies for not being more regular in my posting. As I am sure you all know, this is the time of year us fruit people are in the field most of the time. We have also been trying to keep funding for our grape projects, so needless to say its been hectic.
In response to a request, I wanted to post a photo or two of what happened to our fig cuttings after we cut them and placed them in callus boxes. Six weeks later callus had formed at the basal end of the cuttings and roots had begun to grow out of the callus tissue.
At this point, the cuttings were planted into one gallon pots with soil-less mix, no fertilizer and allowed to force. About two weeks later shoots began to force and the foliage expanded on the growing cuttings.
This photo was taken about two weeks ago and as you can see, we had a great take. Yesterday we applied our first light fertilizer application. We like to use Mir-Acid and even though the figs don’t so much need it, we add in a little iron chelate to keep the foliage of all our greenhouse material a dark green. Fredericksburg city water is pretty easy on plants, but still has lots of calcium that over time will bind iron making the chelate a good addition to our routine. Pomegranate cuttings which were taken a couple of weeks later were stuck yesterday. Good callus had formed, but they are a little slower to start generating roots. Photos of them soon.