Ficus pumila 'Creeping Fig'

Ficus pumila 'Creeping Fig'

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Creeping Fig Care

Temperature: The pumila is a tough plant and grows well in temperatures from 55 - 75°F (13 - 24°C (can be higher or lower and survive).
Light: Avoid direct sunlight and provide a brightly lit setting. It will also tolerate low lighting conditions.
Watering: When you water the plant give it a thorough watering until water seeps through the bottom (during spring and summer) of the container and allow the soil to stay slightly moist. After giving the plant a thorough watering remove excess water from the tray under the container to prevent causing root rot. During the winter water much less without soaking the soil.
Soil: Most well draining and aerated potting soil mixes will suffice.
Re-Potting: The creeping fig does like to be pot bound to a certain degree. However, it likes to spread it's roots just like it does outdoors and in it's natural habitat, so you are best to re-pot it every two years and cut back roots which are outside the main root section. If you're increasing the pot size and want the plant to grow more you do not need to cut back any roots. Cutting back roots should be done during spring when pruning is done.
Fertilizer: Dilute a liquid fertilizer and feed once a month during spring a and summer.
Humidity: Normal room humidity is fine.
Propagation: These are easily propagated by taking stem cuttings and when re-potting them.
Pruning: As mentioned above these can be pruned back as much as you like during spring, which keeps the plant looking in good shape. You can easily cut a third of the plant back. See re-potting about the roots.