Ficus Pumila is a delicate house-plant. It has thin leaves which lose water rapidly and once the leaves dry out, the plant will not recover.
Water 2-3 times a week in Summer, every other day in Winter to keep damp at all times. Over-watering will cause their lower leaves to fall.
Feed every 14 days in Spring and in Summer with house-plant food.
Re-pot in Spring if necessary, though is best when plant is pot-bound.
Propagate by cuttings 4-6 inches long below a node and carefully remove the lower pair of leaves in Spring to early Summer in equal parts peat and sharp sand.
This plant looks easy but can have problems. It prefers shade and its compost should not be allowed to dry out completely, but do not keep it too wet, either.
When maximum convenient pot size has been reached, top-dress plants with fresh potting compost in Spring.
The variegated variety of the plant is a slow grower. Snip off any plain green shoots which do not have the attractive white marbling.
Ficus Pumila looks good in troughs, in pots, in bottle gardens, in hanging baskets, terrariums, bowls or trellis.
Spray everyday in Summer, every other day in Winter or stand pot on saucer of wet pebbles.
Specimen plants which need a warmer climate zone than you have do well in sheltered, south-facing walls. The wall acts as a solar collector, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a small zone that is warmer than the rest of the garden.