Ficus Pumila "Creeping Fig"

Latin name

Ficus pumila (Green) (Trailing)

Pronounciation

(“FY-kus pew-MIL-ah”)

Common name

Ficus pumila

Origin

China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam

How easy is it care for?

The Creeping Fig, also known as Ficus pumila, is a small creeping member of the fig family that is often sold as a hanging or trailing plant. In the wild, it spreads across the ground and also climbs up trees and walls – aided by secretions of sticky latex that harden and set like glue, sticking the plant to the surface. Ficus pumila has small leaves (pumila means ‘dwarf’) and some varieties are attractively variegated. The plant is also surprisingly hardy and can survive in temperatures down to approx. 5C. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Medium-low to high light. Avoid direct sunlight.

Watering

Keep soil moist but not wet. The soil should be allowed to dry out a little between watering. Ficus pumila also benefits from misting with tepid water to reduce the risk of spider mites and to keep the foliage looking fresh

Pruning

The plant can be cut back at any time to manage its shape and size. Dead and dried leaves should be pinched out as they occur

Feeding

A little dilute fertilizer should be added to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Keep a lookout for two-spotted spider mites and mealybugs, both of which can be removed by cleaning (a wash down with a hose pipe, or under a shower – not too strong – is quite effective) or by cutting away any affected foliage

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Mill Road,
Henham,
CM22 6AA

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