BUSAN, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The Busan Agricultural Technology Center has developed a way to harvest fig fruits after only 10 months of cultivation.
Under normal circumstances, it takes about 20 months for new fig trees to bear fruit.
In Korea, fig farmers usually take cuttings of thin, young branches, whose diameter is smaller than 1㎝, from fig trees, as older, thick branches do not root well once planted.
However, researchers at the center developed a method in which cuttings of thick branches with a diameter larger than 5㎝ are planted into a specially blended soil to make them root successfully.
Thick branches, once rooted, endure Korea’s cold weather and grow rapidly.
The center has been developing various measures to cultivate subtropical plants as South Korea is expected to turn into a subtropical region in 2071~2100.