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Fig - Creeping

Fig - Creeping
Fig - Creeping Fig - Creeping Fig - Creeping
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Ficus pumila
Features Creeping fig, a small-leaved, evergreen Asian creeper, climbs by means of clinging aerial roots and can fix itself like cement to the objects it climbs. A single stem cutting can grow to cover the entire side of a large building in only a few years.
Exposure Partial to full sun
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 9-11
Mature Size 25-30' Long
Genus Description Ficus is a genus of about 800 species of mainly evergreen trees, shrubs, and woody climbers, usually found in moist forest in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Some behave as stranglers, outgrowing the host tree and eventually killing it, often becoming massive, free­standing trees themselves. They are usually grown for their foliage, or for their edible fruits (rarely borne on container-grown plants). The alternate leaves are simple, or shallowly to deeply lobed. Minute, petalless flowers are contained in a hollowed-out, inflated stem tip (receptacle) borne in the leaf axils, which enlarges to form the fig fruit, produced sporadically throughout the year. The foliage may cause mild stomach upset if ingested; the sap may irritate skin or aggravate allergies. Ficus pumila (creeping fig) is a root-clinging, evergreen, perennial climber. The leaves of the climbing shoots are asymmetri­cally ovate, thinly leathery, dark green, to 2in long. At the end of its sup­port, leaves on non-climbing stems are oblong to elliptic or ovate, leathery, dark green and very glossy, to 4in long. Pear-shaped, mostly solitary, oblong to cylindrical, densely hairy figs, to 2½ in long, are green with white dots, ripening purple.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix, with added fine bark chips, in full or filtered light. During growth, water moderately and apply a high-nitrogen fertilizer every 4 weeks. Keep moist in winter. Outdoors, grow in humus-rich, leafy, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, with shelter from cold, drying winds. Support figs that have long, lax stems. Mulch annually.
Pests and Diseases Mealybugs, scale insects, spider mites, root knot nematodes, and thrips occur under most environmental conditions. Fungal and bacterial leaf spots, crown gall, twig dieback, and Southern blight are common.

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