Ficus pumila, commonly known as the Climbing Fig or Creeping Fig, is an evergreen plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It’s a popular choice for gardeners because of its low-maintenance nature and ability to climb walls with ease. With proper care, Ficus pumila can provide you with lush foliage year round! And, it is a cousin to the ever so popular Ficus benjamina. All Ficus are also members of the mulberry family. Ficus pumila in particular is more of a vine and will cling to block, wood and many other surfaces. It's even more clingy than that relationship you're in!
When growing Ficus pumila, it’s important to keep in mind that this plant thrives in bright light but not direct sunlight; too much sun exposure will cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall off. You should also make sure your soil has good drainage so excess water doesn't stay around the roots of your plants for too long. If necessary add some sand or perlite into potting mix when planting ficuses indoor - this will help improve drainage even further!
Ficus pumila requires regular watering during their growing season which usually occurs from spring through summertime depending on where you live; however they don't need as much water during winter months when growth slows down significantly (if any at all). When watering them make sure not overdo it – let top inch of soil dry out before giving them another drink again! Additionally fertilize every two weeks using a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half strength throughout their active growth period only (avoid feeding during dormancy).
Pruning is essential if you want your climbing figs looking neat and tidy - simply trim off any dead or unruly vine-branches/leaves whenever needed using sharp shears being careful not cut back more than ⅓rd of total foliage at once time otherwise shock might occur resulting in stunted growth & leaf drop later on down road. One of the best parts of this plant is that they aren’t known for getting insects nor diseases.
Caring for Ficus Puma isn’t difficult whatsoever – just remember give bright indirect light & ample water while keeping up regular pruning maintenance plus occasional feedings when actively growing then voilà: beautiful healthy specimens all around house no matter season may be. Want to talk more about this or any plants in the ficus family? Give me a call 24/7 at 1-800-405-NICK(6425). Leave your name and number and we’ll call you back!