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by arisaema /Cropped and compressed from original
by arisaema /Cropped and compressed from original

Creeping fig

Botanical name: Ficus pumila


Creeping fig (ficus pumila) is a plant species native to China, Japan and Vietnam. Creeping fig has been naturalized in parts of the United States. It can be cultivated as a houseplant. The FDA lists this species in its Database of Poisonous Plants due to the plant's toxic sap, which causes inflammation.

Name Story

Creeping fig

As the common name, "creeping fig" indicates, the plant has a creeping capability and is often used in gardens and landscapes where it covers the ground and creeps up trees and walls.

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Tips from Garden Coaches

Plants of genus Ficus can be planted in a garden or maintained indoors. Its attractive green leaves require a warm, humid environment; we consider it a medium level difficulty plant to care.

People Often Ask

How does creeping fig attach?
The creeping fig secretes a glue-like substance through its aerial roots to cling to the wall.
Does creeping fig grow fast?
The remarkable growth rate of creeping fig can allow some vines to completely cover a wall or pergola within a year or two.
Does creeping fig damage walls?
Creeping fig can damage painted surfaces from the glue-like substance that adheres it to the wall.
Can creeping fig grow in shade?
Yes, creeping fig like full or part shade When grown outdoors.
How many creeping fig should I plant?
For indoor pots or a small outdoor garden, you need only one creeping fig plant.
Does creeping fig stay green all year?
Creeping fig is evergreen plant.
Why does creeping fig turn brown?
If the air is too dry, its leaves can go brown and crispy around the edges.
Why do the leaves of my creeping fig fall easily?
If leaves fall in fall and winter, there is no need to worry; that is normal. In other seasons, leaf loss can be caused by the following reasons. 1. Long-term lack of sunlight will cause the leaves to fall. 2. If the pot has not been replaced for a long time and the soil has become compacted (without ventilation), it is difficult for the roots to grow and breathe normally, its ability to transport water and nutrients is blocked, and leaves fall. 3. Creeping fig prefers fertile soil and a slightly humid environment, so if you haven't fertilized or watered sufficiently, the plant will grow weak and its leaves will turn yellow and fall. 4. Watering too much will also cause root rot, in which the leaves fall because the plant cannot tolerate waterlogging.  5. Pests and diseases may also cause leaves to fall.
What's the best place to plant creeping fig in the garden?
Because the root system of creeping fig is well-developed, they stretch horizontally as they grow, and can cause damage to walls, foundations, and roads. Therefore, stay away from buildings, roads, and walls as much as possible when planting. If the tree is planted too close to the aforesaid places, cut the overextended roots back every year.

Scientific classification

  • Kindom Plantae - Plants Phylum Tracheophyta - Vascular plants
  • Class Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons Order Rosales - Roses, elms, figs, and allies
  • Family Moraceae - Mulberry Genus Ficus - Fig trees
  • Species Ficus pumila - Creeping fig

The Uses Of Creeping fig

Economic Value

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