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Creeping Fig

Ficus pumila (Green) (Trailing)

("FY-kus pew-MIL-ah")

The Creeping Fig, also known as Ficus pumila, is a small creeping member of the fig family that is often sold as a hanging or trailing plant. In the wild, it spreads across the ground and also climbs up trees and walls - aided by secretions of sticky latex that harden and set like glue, sticking the plant to the surface.

Ficus pumila has small leaves (pumila means 'dwarf') and some varieties are attractively variegated. The plant is also surprisingly hardy and can survive in temperatures down to approx. 5C. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots - read more here.

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Pets & Children

The sap can be irritating and may cause dermatitis


10-20cm. Individual vines can reach up to a metre or more!

foli8 Coir Pot Size - read here


Country of Origin

China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Vietnam

Habitat Conditions

Ficus pumila is a native of warm and sub-tropical regions of Asia, and has been naturalized in temperate, frost free areas as far from its origins as New Zealand and the Southern states of the USA

Plant Care


Medium-low - high. Avoid direct sunlight


Keep soil moist but not wet. The soil should be allowed to dry out a little between watering. Ficus pumila also benefits from misting with tepid water to reduce the risk of spider mites and to keep the foliage looking fresh


The plant can be cut back at any time to manage its shape and size. Dead and dried leaves should be pinched out as they occur


A little dilute fertilizer should be added to the water every time you water the plant

Pest & Diseases

Keep a lookout for two-spotted spider mites and mealybugs, both of which can be removed by cleaning (a wash down with a hose pipe, or under a shower - not too strong - is quite effective) or by cutting away any affected foliage

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