Soil propagating of ficus

Elena Nuta
last month

For soil propagating plants, say ficus lyrata which is quite woody, why is the advice to stick cuttings very deeply in soil? Don't most roots form at the cut?

I recently repotted a ficus lyrata cutting that had been in soil for a few months. The top of the soil was at about my index finger in the picture attached. I had assumed some roots might come out from the nodes below the soil, but apparently not.

So yea, why stick cuttings deep in the pot?

Also, when I repot it now, should I raise it so the root flare is just below the soil?

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