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Creeping Fig

English Name

Ficus Pumila

Scientific Name

Description

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.

China

Origin

Moraceae

Family

46°F - 81°F

Temperature (°F)

Maximum: 9'11"

Height (feet/inches)

Hardy Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Watering

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.

Feeding

Feed every 14 days in Spring and in Summer with house-plant food.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring if necessary, though is best when plant is pot-bound.

Propagation

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.

Cultivation

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.

Tips

When maximum convenient pot size has been reached, top-dress plants with fresh potting compost in Spring.

Care

The variegated variety of the plant is a slow grower. Snip off any plain green shoots which do not have the attractive white marbling.

Decorate

Ficus Pumila looks good in troughs, in pots, in bottle gardens, in hanging baskets, terrariums, bowls or trellis.

Humidity

Spray everyday in Summer, every other day in Winter or stand pot on saucer of wet pebbles.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



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