Creeping Fig Plants
Creeping fig, a species of ficus, is a beautiful evergreen wine. Sometime referred as the climbing fig or just creeper, the creeping fig is invasive in nature. It is an enthusiastic climber and will creep along the walls of your garden all the way to the roof and it won't stop there. These figs creep their way into the neighboring houses. It has been said that they have a very dense network of roots which can affect the health and growth of other plants planted nearby. They have an average to quick growth rate and will ultimately cover your concrete or any other walls and give them a beautiful green look.
Creeping figs do not require much care. However, you might consider following the tips given below.
Water when the soil around them dries. This is for the younger plants. Once the plant matures, it can take good care of itself.
Full sun to partial shade.
They will tolerate freezing temperatures for a short while. Continuous frosts can kill the plant. USDA zones 8 - 11.
The creeping fig is native Southern Japan, Vietnam and Eastern China. These days It is commonly grown in areas having warmer climates.
Did you know that Disney and other theme parks use these vines to to create topiary? They create wire frameworks of shapes, animals and even some cartoon characters and grow the creeping fig in them. The fig then quickly grows around it to cover the inner structure.
Did you know they can easily cover a 60 feet building and that too in a few years?
They can be easily propagated through cutting. In case you don't know what cutting is, here is a brief introduction.
You will need to cut a healthy stem about 3 to 4 inches long. Remove all leaves except two to three leaves at the top. You don't need the rooting hormone for propagating creeping fig. Now plant this stem in rich moist soil. Don't allow this soil to dry completely. When the soil is partially dry, water it. You can add peat moss to the soil, which will help the soil with the necessary moisture. Look for the new growth on the stem. Signs of new growth will indicate that the stem has developed roots. So, instead of spending money on buying new plants you can grow new ones if you can get a healthy stem from a friend who already have the plant. Also, I personally find propagation much more exciting.
Watch this video about the creeping figs...
but mute the volume before doing so! The music in it is so loud and hard that it doesn't even match the video itself.