So I bought some fig cuttings recently and 1 of them was a single Sodus Sicilian cutting. I probably shouldn’t have bought that one since it was expensive and I know that it is notoriously difficult to root but I just couldn’t help myself! It is a 9 inch long cutting with 4 buds on it. It is a dark green color and about as thick as a pencil.
I was planning on trying to get it to root but realized that I do have an LSU Champagne tree in a 3 or 5 gallon pot. My thinking is that I could take a single bud from it to graft onto a side branch of the Champagne. That way, if the rest of the cutting doesn’t root, I will have a potential graft to salvage it.
It is getting colder now in west PA so the Champagne tree has just started to lose leaves. Temps will be getting into the low 20’s at night in a few days so I will be putting my potted plants in the garage soon. I’m thinking this might not be the best time to chip bud if the tree would need to be active to heal the graft. I could maybe cut a small portion of the cutting with a single bud and keep it wrapped in parafilm in the fridge until spring arrives and then graft with it.
So what do you think about those options? Graft now? Save bud until spring and then graft? Forget grafting and just try to root the full cutting? Save the full cutting to graft with in the spring? Other option?