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Ficus pumila

Creeping Fig, Climbing Fig

Ficus pumila Variegata
Ficus pumila “Variegata”

Care
  1. Lighting The variegated cultivar will need bright to part sunny spots with morning or evening sun. Otherwise it can produce solid green leaves. Green leaved Ficus pumila does also good in light shade. During summer it can be placed in the garden or on the balcony.
  2. Soil Regular mixes for container plants, vegetables or herbs are suitable.
  3. Watering Let the soil moderately dry between the waterings to max. 75 % of the pots height. Reduce watering if placed cool during winter. Avoid overwatering or drying out.
  4. Feeding When in active growth with standard liquid fertilizer (monthly), spikes or granules (2 to 3 monthly).
    New bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first year.
  5. Temperature Green leaved Creeping Figs can either be grown warm the year round or given a winter rest period with a minimum of 5 °C (41 °F). Ficus pumila “Variegata” does not like it that cool and needs a winter minimum of 10 °C (50 °F).
  6. Propagation Cuttings – there should be at least 2 leaves on each cutting.

Ficus pumila Variegata

Ficus pumila cuttings
Ficus pumila “Variegata” cuttings

Profile
  1. Scientific name
    Ficus pumila
  2. Common name(s)
    Creeping Fig, Climbing Fig
  3. Family
    Moraceae
  4. Origin
    Eastern Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam)
  5. Height
    Shoots can reach up to 4 m in length
  6. Toxic Fruits are edible

Ficus pumila