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Q.When Should We Move Creeping Figs From Pot To Ground?

Zone Greenville, SC, 29609 | rebeccabritton added on June 19, 2020 | Answered

Hi! Our friends have creeping fig growing up their house and they allowed us to clip a few stems to plant ourselves. We have them in small pots right now and so far so good! It’s been about a month 1/2-2 months and we see the progress (the tallest one is about 8 inches but we see a lot of leaves coming up through the soil). I’ve attached 2 pictures: 1 at eye level and 1 inside the pot so you can see that other leaves are starting to come through. My question is when do we move them from pot to the ground so they can start covering our wall? Any advice would be much appreciated! thank you!

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Answered on June 22, 2020

Once they have enough roots to start growing and sustain themselves, you will be able to plant them. This will require lifting them out of the soil. Generally, you want to start with a small container, so that it doesn't take long for the roots to fill it out. Once the root mass lifts out in one piece it will be nice and ready to plant!

When it comes down to it, if you are happy with the root structure, you can plant.

However, there is something to consider.

Since it is quite late in the year, and the heat is upon us, now will be a very bad time to transplant. Most likely a transplant, now, will die of heat or too much water in attempt for compensation.

In your case, I would wait until you get a good solid week, and even better will be two weeks, where it does not get above 85.

Here is an article that will help you to grow a Creeping Fig:


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