Free Ficus Pumila Plants

This Ficus is a delicate trailing and climbing plant, which looks particularly good growing up a moss pole. The heart-shaped leaves gently curl around the support, whilst the aerial roots help to anchor the climbing stem. The plant makes an ideal subject for a hanging basket, bottle garden, terrarium, trough, bowl or trellis. It is happy growing at lower light intensities, so is suitable for many locations. However, this plant cannot tolerate drying out. It has thin leaves, which lose water rapidly, and once it wilts the chances of recovery are poor. The compost must therefore be kept evenly moist at all times.

Plant type : Foliage plant with climbing, creeping and trailing habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 30-150cm (12—59in)
Flower : None
Leaf : Heart-shaped, 1.25-2.5cm (J—1 in), slightly crinkled, mid green
Temperature : 15 - 20°C (60—68°F)
Aspect/Light : Moderate to lightly shaded situation
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Keep compost evenly moist throughout year; do not allow to dry out
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5-10cm (3-4in) tip or stem cuttings with lower leaves removed in seed and cutting compost in spring to early autumn at 18-20°C (65 —68°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, dehydration of foliage and loss of plant if allowed to dry out
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Good plant for lightly shaded position in body of most rooms, including offices; can be grown as climber, trained up moss pole, or as trailer, in hanging basket
Other varieties : F. p. 'Variegata'- cream variegation