Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Tile Method Works!


Dug up my first Frankenficus yesterday, and was quite pleased about the tile successfully layering the rooted cuttings. It’s a nice spin on the tourniquet method that yields great, flat roots and basal flare. Notice how the tile cracked from the growth? There was also a large amount of root growth under the tile, and I gave them a substantial whack. This ficus went from a pot to one of my raised garden beds (you can see it here, to the right of the trident maple and behind the artichoke) about a year ago. It’s back in a large pot for at least the next year. I wrapped the cuttings with garden tape last summer to attempt fusion, by the way.