Ficus pumila

Creeping fig

Ficus pumila

Creeping fig

  • Small-leaved climbing plant
  • Ivy like growth
  • Versatile in use
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Description

Quite unlike other Ficus species, the Creeping fig covers objects with a dense mat. It attaches itself with its roots, just like ivy (Hedera). In Japan, eastern and southern China and Vietnam, this climbing shrub grows several metres high on trees and rocks. This creeping fig is popular as an indoor plant, and in areas without heavy frosts it can also be used as an outdoor climber. Under favourable conditions it forms an adult form with larger leaves on which the fruits develop, but as a houseplant and terrarium plant it usually remains in the juvenile form. The small heart-shaped leaves are reddish brown when they emerge and later medium to dark green. If the shoots cannot find a way to climb, they grow creeping on the ground.

Ficus pumila is easy to care for and fast-growing. It has no special requirements for the soil, which should only be loose and rich in nutrients. The climbing fig is only sensitive to drying out and should be watered regularly. However, waterlogging should be avoided. Direct the shoots to objects where they are to climb or tie them to them. The roots can only attach themselves badly to very smooth surfaces. The light requirement is moderate, strong lighting or a sunny position in daylight culture is also tolerated. This subtropical plant can be overwintered cold but frost-free or kept at tropical temperatures above 20 °C all year round.

This versatile, small-leaved climber is an ideal plant for terrascaping. Like ivy, the Creeping fig covers branches, trunks, rocks and walls, but can also be used as ground cover. It can be reduced and shaped easily by pruning. Although Ficus pumila is primarily a plant of subtropical humid forests that tolerates low temperatures and dry air, it is also suitable for tropical rainforest conditions.

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Ficus pumila
Cultivation Options In substrate, climbing on structures or as a ground cover
Growth Height Can climb several meters on structures, grows flat as a ground cover
Temperature 15 - 25 °C, cannot tolerate temperatures below 10 °C
Humidity High humidity preferred, 70 - 90 %
Light Requirement Indirect, bright to moderately shady light
Watering Moderate, allow the substrate to dry slightly between waterings
Fertilization During the growing season, monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer
Propagation Cuttings, especially in spring or summer
Suitable for Smaller to medium-sized terrariums, as a background or ground plant, for tropical and subtropical settings
Cultivation Options
In substrate, climbing on structures or as a ground cover
Growth Height
Can climb several meters on structures, grows flat as a ground cover
Temperature
15 - 25 °C, cannot tolerate temperatures below 10 °C
Humidity
High humidity preferred, 70 - 90 %
Light Requirement
Indirect, bright to moderately shady light
Watering
Moderate, allow the substrate to dry slightly between waterings
Fertilization
During the growing season, monthly with a balanced liquid fertilizer
Propagation
Cuttings, especially in spring or summer
Suitable for
Smaller to medium-sized terrariums, as a background or ground plant, for tropical and subtropical settings

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Item no.
192.0082.01
EAN
Weight 0,30 kg
Shipping weight 0,54 kg

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