How do you grow a Ficus pumila indoors?

How do you grow a Ficus pumila indoors?

Growing Ficus Pumila indoors is not that difficult. In fact, you have probably seen a few growing indoors because they are as popular as houseplants.

If you are looking to grow a Ficus Pumila (also known as the Weeping Fig) indoor, you need to try and mimic its natural environment. It thrives in humid environments with rich soil and plenty of indirect light.

Ficus Pumila does not require much water at all, but it does require high humidity. Avoid direct sunlight and create a well-lit environment.

It can also withstand low lighting conditions. Water the plant well until water seeps through the bottom of the container (in the spring and summer) and keep the soil mildly damp.

Moisture is derived from the humidity inside the home and transport through the air. Do not fertilize Ficus Pumila. Ficus Pumila can tolerate mild temperature changes but is better grown in a warmer climate.

The temperature should be 50-90 °F. Optimal temperature is 70-75 °F. If the temperature gets too hot, it will cause the leaves to drop. However, you can bring them back with pruning and fresh soil. Ficus Pumila’s growth rate depends on light, temperature and water availability.

Does Ficus Pumila need a trellis?

Ficus Pumila (Creeping fig), a lovely climber with tiny, heart-shaped leaves, may conceal ugly cement, stucco, or brick buildings. It does not require wires or a trellis since it climbs via aerial roots. It should not be used on wood walls, as its sticky tendrils might harm them.

Ficus Pumila requires heavy soil and lots of moisture. It can handle greater shade but prefers a moderate amount of light.

Ficus Pumila may be grown indoors as a houseplant, in containers, or as a hanging plant. In large containers, it takes two years to grow 30 centimeters. While most people love Ficus Pumila in their homes, they also enjoy using it in their garden spaces as well as in other areas where they build walls or fences.

It is mainly used for its climbing ability and for the fact that it grows as a broad leafed shrub or small tree. It can also be used with trellises to cover an area of a wall where you might have ugly wiring, or pipes.

It is suitable for growing outdoors from zones 9-11 (USDA) and needs little maintenance. Plants should be in containers that are large enough to accommodate its root system.

How wide does Ficus pumila grow?

Its growth range is wide and it grows well in temperatures of 65-90 °F. It grows best if grown at 70-75 degrees. When subjected to temperatures below 65 °F, Ficus pumila tend to lose their leaves and will not regrow them until the temperature rises above this level.

The plant can withstand high levels of light but should not be in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. It can reach a height of 10-15 feet (300-450 cm) and a width of 3-6 feet (90-180 cm). This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and grows best in humus-rich, wet, well-drained soils.

Ficus Pumila is not drought-tolerant and needs regular watering, especially during dry periods, but it does not like to be over-watered either. It does best with a constant drip of water at the roots and is more likely to develop fungal problems if overwatered.

Ficus pumila can tolerate temperatures of between 10-100 °F (5-37 °C). It makes a beautiful house plant and grows well in home windowsills where it can be viewed throughout the year.

You can put Ficus pumila anyplace where you want to decorate, i.e. on a patio, porch, and balcony or on a wall, as it will grow in almost all conditions. It is also useful in making you shade when you are outside during the summer or winter months and it also works well for covering fence lines or other structures.

Does Ficus Pumila like shade?

When cultivated outdoors, the plant enjoys moderate shade but can withstand full sun in wet, well-drained soil. It thrives under excessive humidity.

Ficus pumila likes its roots to stay moist but can stand drought. During the spring and summer, it requires abundant moisture. Ficus Pumila does not tolerate high levels of humidity; moisture should be applied by a watering can or basin with a slow trickle of water at the root level.

Water less often in winter and during times with little rain. Plants can also be immersed in a shallow pond for 24 hours to improve root growth & reduce stress from humidity within the home.

Ficus Pumila can be potted in any commercial potting mix. If planted in garden soil, it should be watered regularly.

Whenever you are transplanting a Ficus Pumila, it is important to water the plant thoroughly to make sure the root ball is thoroughly moistened before carefully removing it from its pot.

When you replant your Ficus Pumila into a larger container, make sure that you have an adequate whole size for your roots and make sure that your surrounding soil is well watered as well.

Can Ficus Pumila grow in pots?

Ficus Pumila will hang down the sides of pots if kept in them. Pruning is required on a regular basis to keep the vines at the proper length for the pot. Ficus Pumila works best in above-ground pots or hanging baskets with trailing vines.

Ficus Pumila will cover the container and require regular pruning. Ficus Pumila works great on a deck or patio, as it survives well in containers. Ficus Pumila is also an excellent choice for bonsai. It can be used to cover ugly walls in the yard and around the home. They can even be trained to grow over a trellis, covering the area you want to hide.

You can prune your Ficus Pumila at any time of year, but it is best done in late winter or early spring when the plant dries out.

This can be done by cutting off dead or dying leaves. Ficus Pumila loves fresh, acidic soil and will quickly die if you do not water it. Be sure to prune it every year in late spring or early summer.

Why is Ficus Pumila not flowering?

The twisting tendrils of the plant can be bound together with string or rubber bands to form a vine that can be used in the home as a decoration. The following are reasons why Ficus Pumila not flowering;

Lack of light: 

For Ficus Pumila to flower, it needs 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. It should not be placed in a room that is completely dark as this may cause the plant to drop its leaves.


If you have recently transplanted your Ficus Pumila, it may need time to recover before producing flowers. Plants that have just been transplanted tend to drop their leaves and this can last up to 3 months.

Inadequate nutrients:

Ficus Pumila will not flower if the nutrients in the soil are not at the proper levels. You need to fertilize the plant with a slow-release fertilizer or a water soluble fertilizer every 5 weeks or so. If you want your Ficus Pumila to flowers, be sure to water it regularly and keep it warm, sunny and well-watered. The plant should grow more rapidly and you may notice some blooming.

Improper pruning:

Ficus Pumila has tendrils that can be used to train it to grow over a trellis or other structure. Ficus Pumila will grow less vigorously if left in the pot for extended periods of time. This can cause it to produce fewer flower buds and not flower normally.

When you are pruning your Ficus Pumila, do so when it is dormant in the fall and take special care when cutting away old stems as these are needed for growth later on.

Improper misting:

Mist Ficus Pumila every day to keep it moist and it may not flower. You need to water the plant correctly by putting a slow drip at the base of the plant and making sure that it is properly watered. Ficus Pumila hates being over-watered as it will drop its leaves and eventually die if you over-water.

How much water does Ficus Pumila need?

Ficus Pumila can tolerate a wide range of indoor temperatures but needs normal levels of light, warmth and humidity to thrive. Ficus Pumila prefers to be kept at humidity levels above 60%, so don’t let it dry out.

Water it until water flows through the bottom of the pot and don’t keep it constantly wet. Watering should be done in the morning to allow the leaves dry out before nightfall as this can cause fungus or other problems.

Ficus Pumila should be fed about once a month with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer at 1/4 of normal strength.

Avoid monthly applications of fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium as these elements will promote excessive vegetative growth that can lead to a condition called ‘nutrient burn’, which appears as yellowing leaves with brown tips.

You should not let your Ficus Pumila sit in water or it will die. If you have over watered your plant, let the excess water drain through the drainage holes of the pot and keep the base of the plant moist but not wet.

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