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Questions About Creeping Fig

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 18, 2014

Q. Creeping Fig Fasten Ties

I bought creeping fig in hopes that it will attach to my retaining wall. It has been 2 weeks and I have removed the ties that it was attached to, hoping that it would attach itself. But instead, all the vines are not upright anymore and have fallen towards the ground. I want it to grow on the wall. Should I not have taken the ties off the stick and plant? Should I put the ties back on to “train” the plant to attach to the wall? How long will it take for it to attach to the wall and start growing? I also read that I should only water once a week.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 17, 2014
Certified Expert
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Yes, you may want to reattach the ties. It is difficult to say how long it will take the vine to establish itself, but once it does, it will be difficult to remove. As for watering, you want to keep the soil moist, not soggy, with about 2 inches of water weekly, so your watering should be fine. However, you may want to check the soil first to keep from over watering it. For more information on growing this plant, the following article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/creeping-fig/creeping-fig-vine.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 20, 2014

Q. Creeping Fig Leaves Turning Golden

The leaves on my creeping fig vines are all turning a golden color throughout the entire wall. Is this just a seasonal change or what? Just a month ago the entire wall was a nice deep green. Why are the leaves turning like fall colors?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2014
Certified Expert
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Normally, the leaves will change yellowish in color from either too much water or sun scorch. They do not usually change colors in autumn, so this is certainly uncommon now.

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Asked by
phyllcarlsen on
December 6, 2014

Q. Why are my ivy fig leaves turning yellow

I do have my plant on a drip and as far as I can tell the drip is working.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
December 7, 2014
A.

First, two question - is there any sign of bugs (mealy, scale) on the leaves or stems; and, has anything happened lately to interfere with the light the plant is getting? If no to both questions, examine watering. Ficus can show both over and under watering with yellow leaves. To check how your drip system is working, you'll need to check the actual moisture in the soil. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm
Once you figure out the actual soil moisture, you can make adjustments to your watering. Ficus pumila doesn't like to be kept
wet. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/creeping-fig/creeping-fig-vine.htm

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Asked by
rorie911 on
April 27, 2015
10A? Pompano Beach FL

Q. Creeping Fig Vine

When planting the vines, how far apart should they be? Will 5 hours of sun hurt the vines?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 28, 2015
Certified Expert
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Are you planting along a fence? Trellis?
I would recommend approx 12" spacing for your plantings to plant along a fence. If it is a smaller area, such as a trellis you could space further apart.

Shade or part shade is the recommended growing condition, and 5 hours of sunlight should be fine.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/creeping-fig/creeping-fig-vine.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/ovgen/growing-plant-cover-fence.htm

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Asked by
nancyrood on
October 4, 2015
Anthem AZ

Q. growing creeping fig

How do I get it to attach to the wall–it has just grown over itself.

Answered by
shelley on
October 4, 2015
Certified Expert
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How long have you been trying to get it to attach? It does take a little time in some cases. What type of wall are you attaching to? From my research it does not appear that creeping fig likes to attach to cinderblock walls that get really HOT unless they are cooled down periodically by hosing the walls down.

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Asked by
Satchi on
October 22, 2015
Australia

Q. Scale on my Ficus Creeping Vine

This vine is growing on the front wall of my home. I keep it well manicured and is usually a source of admiration by passersby. It creates great street appeal. However, over the past year or so, it has become heavily infested with scale and sooty mold as well as millions of black ants. Because I was led to understand that the ficus was indestructible and also because I had no prior knowledge of the problem, I did nothing. Now there are patches of dead wood showing and I’m wondering if it is beyond help. A large part of the plant is still green and still growing. I really need some advice and help as I do not want to lose the plant.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 23, 2015
Certified Expert
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You will need to address each of the issues with different approaches.
I have listed links to help with each of the problems.

I would prune away any dead material and dispose of.

Clean up any fallen leaf material. Do not compost this material.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/control-plant-scale.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/how-to-get-rid-of-sooty-mold.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/get-rid-of-ants.htm

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Asked by
snungesser on
November 3, 2015
Kenner, LA

Q. cutting creeping fig vine

I have a creeping fig vine that has crept all over the place. I will cut it back when the weather gets colder. I read an article recently that when cutting the vine, wear something to cover your arms. Why?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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All parts of Creeping Fig Vine are considered poisonous if ingested.

The vine could cause skin irritation so you should wear gloves and protective covering on your arms when pruning the plant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/creeping-fig/creeping-fig-vine.htm

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