Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila) is a fantastic ‘fake’ perennial climbing hedge plant, as it looks like a hedge when grown up walls. It’s young leaves are heart shaped and grow quickly, making it an ideal plant to use to cover up any unsightly walls or large open garden spaces. It is shade tolerant and extremely hard wearing once established.

How to grow ficus pumila in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden (either to grow up a wall or in a garden bed) that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down.  Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks, while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant. 
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.


Growing Ficus Pumila in a pot

  1. How to grow ficus pumila in a pot
  2. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade against a support structure (wall or fence).
  3. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  4. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  5. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  6. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.


Growing tips

  • Prune to control growth

  • Can propagate from cuttings
  • Creeping fig is an environmental weed in NSW

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