In August 2015 i published this picture of one of my “fig jungles”.
"Fig “Jungle” - Two old fig trees - not very good quality or identical to others i have - heavily pruned and somewhat neglected until know - lots of new growth everywhere, several from roots in ground . Useful for future graft attempts.
Almost 2 years later, my fig jungles have changed quite drastically. More than 2 dozen varieties grafted in each and more to come.
I’m using them to secure the best varieties i receive (my grafting success rate is very high) so, now, i always graft one of the cuttings i receive (whip and tongue the top of the cutting and chip-bud with the buds on the lower end), to be on the safe side.
Another plus, some of the varieties even start producing the first year they are grafted.
The great majority of the grafts had an amazing growth especially when an older rootstock concentrates all it’s strength in one bud, like in the following case:
If the rootstock is too young there is not much difference in development between rooted cuttings and grafted cuttings and, in a few cases (very few), the graft is even less robust, like this one where the young rootstock had lots of competition from the roots of other fruit trees (now removed to give it a chance):
A few more photos showing some healed grafts in the following album. Some whip and tongue and some chip-budding ranging from 6 months to more than a year.
Also a couple of pictures of some older and abandoned trees ,heavily pruned last year (to free them from all the growth of several invasive species that were smothering them) and that are showing new branches, ready to receive more grafts this spring.