How to Propagate Ficus Pumila

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Ficus Pumila is a type of vine plant that is also known as the creeping fig. It can grow very quickly, and it attaches itself to rocks, walls or houses, which is where it got its name. The creeping fig needs a specific kind of wasp to germinate its seeds and reproduce, but you can propagate the creeping fig with stem cuttings. It is best to wait until spring to do this.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Peat
  • Sand
  • Plastic bag
  • Medium-sized pot
  • Trowel
  • Pencil
  • Potting mix

Making the Cutting

Water the creeping fig well the day before you plan to take the cutting.

Prepare a mixture of one part peat and one part sand in the pot.

Choose a branch from the vine to cut off. Make sure it is at least four inches long and has at least six healthy leaves on it.

Use the pruning shears to cut the branch from the vine. Cut it just below the leaf closest to the vine between the leaf and the vine.

Remove all flowers and buds and half of the leaves to decrease the rate of water loss.

Make a hole with a pencil in the soil mix in the pot; place the cutting in the hole and firm the soil around it. Remove any leaves that are touching the soil.

Water the plant enough to make the soil damp, and place the pot in a plastic bag. Close the plastic bag and make sure it doesn't touch the plant.

Caring For the Cutting

Check the cutting every couple days to make sure the soil remains damp; water, if necessary.

After a couple of weeks, use your hand to check for new roots. Continue to check once a week until you find new roots.

After roots have formed, untie the plastic bag and leave it slightly open.

Open the bag a little each day until the plant is growing well by itself.

After four months of root growth, repot the plant in the potting mix.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gardening stores sell rooting hormone that may help the cutting form new roots. Just dip the bottom inch of the cutting in the hormone before planting.
  • Be prepared for the creeping fig to grow quickly and climb up any walls that are near it. It has been known to lift up roof tiles.

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