Ficus pumila variegata (creeping fig)
Ficus pumila (creeping fig) is a climber or evergreen that grows relentlessly.
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Origin and Description:
The Ficus pumila, also known as Creeping Fig, is a vigorous and fast-growing plant native to Asia. It is notable for its ability to climb and cover structures using adhesive aerial roots. It features green, oval-shaped, heart-shaped leaves on its climbing stems, while its fruit-bearing stems display thicker, glossier, and larger elliptical foliage. Its pear-shaped purple fruits can appear throughout the year on outdoor plants, though they seldom manifest on indoor ones.
Ficus pumila requires humus-rich, moist, and well-drained soil, preferably placed in locations sheltered from direct sunlight and wind. Indoors, it prefers bright indirect light or partial shade. It needs regular watering during the growing season but should be reduced in autumn and winter. It is resistant to diseases, but vigilance is needed against possible infestations of greenhouse spider mites, thrips, scale insects, and mealybugs.
Cultivation and Propagation:
It is renowned for its ability to cover structures in warm climates and can be cultivated both indoors and outdoors in colder regions. It propagates through seeds, leaf cuttings, or semi-hardwood stem cuttings.
Pruning is essential, especially if grown as a ground cover, as it can become a nuisance by spreading beyond the desired area or climbing onto nearby trees.
Ficus pumila stands out for its adaptability to a wide range of conditions and its resistance to adverse conditions, making it a popular choice for both indoor decoration and outdoor landscaping.
- Lyrata fig
- 2 m (up to 30 m when growning outdoor)
- Green and yellow leaves
- Sun or semishade
- Indoor pot
- Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.
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