I tried kudzu here in years past (before the ban) with no success, so I am planting this little vine with impunity and the knowledge that if it gets too uppity, I'll quit watering it and bring it back in line. Cold and heat tolerant, the Creeping Fig is a very durable plant that ca It has grown up to make a very nice cover for the pedastal. On Jul 21, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote: I have had this plant for better than ten years. At eye level I made about 1 1/2 inch long scrapes and brushed on neat glyphosate on all vertical runners. Was contemplating to do so but opted to do some research which landed me on your website This vine is enough to make a grown man cry. The plant is alive and well too in Nairobi and folks seem to be having similar issues getting rid of it. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/creeping-fig/creeping â¦ On Mar 29, 2010, nomosno from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote: People seem to love of hate this plant. It is actually quite pleasant to handle because it is mildly fuzzy. The comments on control are helpful. Its evergreen, takes very little water, the deer don't bother it, the hot summers don't bother it, the cold winters don't bother it. We had an issue with an ant infestation; turns out they were nesting in the ficus repens. It also presents an alternative where invasive evergreen ground covers might be initial choices. I may give this stuff a try. We also did our best to clear ALL the roots out of our back flowerbeds. Creeping fig plant makes a wonderful addition to the home and the garden. Creeping fig requires no ties, because it climbs by means of little sucker arms that hold on to wood, concrete, stone or metal without any additional help. Be careful where you plant it and be sure you want it there. It should also be applied during the period when the plant is actively translocating metabolites to the roots, that is midsummer to late summer. I spend obscene amounts of time just trying to contain it. It can also be used as a groundcover. I have tried all types of plant killers, but it always comes back. The large leaves grow on stems that extend out from the main vine stem, making the vine bush-like. Sure enough, all the vines above died, which makes it look like half the tree is brown, when in reality the tree's ... read moreleaves are green, and the ivy's leaves are brown. When allowed to grow freely (for just ONE season), it severely damaged wood siding and a brick chimney. On several occasions in our attempt to remove some of the fig, we've found that it's rooted itself to another location in the dirt. I think someone must have dumped some clippings from this down by the giant old dead tree quite a number of years ago and it has now climbed 60 feet up and well established. Outdoors the weeping fig grows up to 60 feet tall, but indoors the tree can grow in a container and be pruned to control size or trained as a bonsai. Creeping fig was taking over the outside of my house when we moved in 3 years ago. I cut it down and put it in the Sable palm where it has done very well for a long time. Have only been able to find 3 tiny ones & am trying to get them to grow up alot quickly. I have a yellow painted concrete front wall that is isolated on both sides by lawn. I have never seen such love/hate comments on a plant. I like the "fragility" of the leaves. The vine proceeded to take over a brick wall at my home, the rest of the fence, and anything else in its path. Feed creeping fig with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season. It's like an aggressive cancer. As for the poster that asked about the plant living although he had cut it from the trunk/root (and I know this is late), the plant self roots. We pulled about enough to fill 10 garbage bags, and our yard is not that big. I may have to have the entire tree cut down as it appears to be weakening. F. pumila is easy to propagate through stem-tip cuttings. As its name suggests, the Creeping Fig can literally cover up everything. But my worst nightmare would be to have this stuff go out underground and start infesting my lawn, despite my edging activities. A pretty tough plant. The roots are delicate when it comes to splitting up an existing plant. ve any dead material. It needs no support to adhere to a wall. This is a silly question, I know, but am I supposed to remove the ties that keep the fig fastened to the stick they're growing on in the nursery pot? It is a great plant for making topiary, or for use on a trellis, but it can get out of control if not watched on a regular basis. On Feb 27, 2013, Mom2D_M from Turlock, CA wrote: We have an ugly concrete block wall seperating our backyard from a main street. I'll post again in a month or so. I find it great for a potted plant or planter, although mine has a long way to go since I bought it as a "baby." My landscape water comes from a well laden with iron. Help! And yes, it's suckered up paint from our fences as well. On Aug 6, 2005, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote: A great plant if you have room and need something covered. Cool Facts on Creeping Fig Plants. It took about 4 hours to remove it completely from around the tree and hopefully the shock of removal won't kill the tree. Forever Green. Although it will drop leaves after a cold snap, it will re-grow leaves and, with some pruning, look as good as new within the next season. I use it to cover some PVC pipes that are unsightly. Withholding water will control virtually every garden plant known to man or woman. On Apr 28, 2019, magnoliarose52 from Villa Rica, GA wrote: We are in the western/north side of Georgia -- 7b zone. This is a cold hardy groundcover and does well anywhere in South Florida. Since the fast growing vines of a Creeping Fig easily cling to just about anything, itâs also a great plant for topiaries. The plant is mature, producing the large leaves and fruit. It spread all over my house from a 4 inch pot transplant. Rather than work for a month to try and get all the individual vines from the top down, we decided to cut every main artery at the bottom of the tree and see what happens. We rented an industrial rooter from our local mega hardware store. Otherwise it is a beautiful plant, but we call it Jumanji! The inground sprinklers are too close to the wall to plant a small hedge, as the hedge would block the sprinklers. Update 12/2/04 Thought I had killed... read more it last February, but it's back again! That area grew up last year onto the wall, so now I've planted some bigger plants right up next to the wall. Do not remove leaves and shoots before application, spray to cover the entire plant and wait at least 14 days for any results to become visible. it last February, but it's back again! Pumila (POO-mil-ah) is Dead Latin dwarf. TVBART As I had the glyphosate there I brushed neat stuff over the leaves and they are now dead. Thanks. The plantâs wandering stems and small leaves create an interesting lacy pattern as the vine grows across the wall. Bring it on! The creeping fig, also known as climbing fig, fig ivy and creeping ficus, is a climbing species. Any suggestions for killing this beast would be greatly appreciated. The LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Center warns that it's invasive of wild areas, and can smother the trees it grows on. The climbing fig, also called the creeping fig (Ficus pumila), is found in the southern United States and the common fig (Ficus carica) is distributed in California and the southern, eastern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. In almost 5 years I never had to trim and it never took over any other plants or nearby trees. Cutting off some or all of the leaves and shoots first and then applying it is exactly the wrong way to go about it and is the direct opposite of the manufacturers instructions. e twisting around the pipes. On Jan 2, 2008, growin from Beautiful, BC (Zone 8b) wrote: I planted a small plant over 20 years ago on the south side of my folks home. I love th... read moree way it looks and hope I can get it trained onto this big section of wall. And what about the roots that are already under the foundation? My husband is awesome about keeping the edges of our islands trimmed, so I'm hoping we won't have craziness once it gets established. And yes, he wasn't able to remove all of the thick root system as we were afraid it was going to break a pipe. The creeping fig does like to be pot bound to a certain degree. If leaves and shoots are removed from a plant before application of the herbicide, the ability to absorb and translocate the applied chemical (most importantly to the roots) is drastically impaired and regrowth will occur. To finish its list of cool characteristics, creeping figs are moderately tolerant of aerosol salt, meaning that it can be planted near the ocean, where dunes or other barriers provide a buffer for the plant. Creeping fig starts out growing at a slow pace, speeding up as it matures to a moderate growth rate. We've actually severed it in several places and it's only killed a few of the many branches. As far as the exterior of the house, if you don't keep up on a regular basis, it will make it onto the soffit and rip the paint off when you pull it off. Learn about here. In the palm it's easy to keep it under control. My neighbour had this Ficus growing over an old tree stump in front of her house which became a 2 meter (sorry I'll use feet and inches) 6 foot diameter mass. Used like this the whole plant is likely to die with one application. This plant had broken through the piping section that is approx. I nice creeping fig cover will transform the wall from a light yellow covered with unsightly orange rust stains to a blanket of emerald green. On Nov 6, 2007, tvbart from Corpus Christi, TX wrote: I love the posting earlier that includes the updates months later... "still no success", "still no success". With large arching branches and long pointed leaves, it looks attractive indoors (apart from leaves dropping). On Jun 3, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,Brazil (Zone 11) wrote: You can have an entire house covered with this plant. I will have to dig up the entire back yard to remove the root system! You may THINK you have this vine under control, when all you actually have under control is the foliage above the ground. And I believe it's currently flowering. However, although not deemed invasive, it has similar potential for escape and requires attentive, regular pruning for control. Remove stem cuttings in the early spring, when the plant begins growing again, and pot up in a sterile potting mix. Water creeping fig as the top inch or so of the potting mix dries to the touch. Period. I do, however, want to contradict an earlier posting. I trim it regularly. On Jun 6, 2011, Florence1149 from Denham Springs, LA wrote: Has anyone seen a fruit from the creeping fig? When new growth begins to emerge, you can relocate to a more permanent container. However. If you live in SoFL, DO NOT plant this! This may be very cool, but the little suckers also hold on like grim death, taking paint or bits of concrete, stone and wood whenever they are pulled away from a surface. I don't know how long ago, but it has "runners" with a 3"-4" diameter. This tiny leafed plant, native to Japan, Vietnam, and China, is an excellent table plant, hanging plant, or climbing plant. On Oct 17, 2014, slacanfora from Torrance, CA wrote: It has taken over the patio and the walls. On Jun 25, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote: According to BONAP, this species has naturalized from Texas to South Carolina and south. Related Posts. On Jan 4, 2013, spiderAnne from Pretoria,South Africa wrote: Some people have commented that Glyphosate (Roundup etc.) The previous owners planted it to hide an ugly front exterior but unbeknownst to them, it grew out and under the ground, spread all around like a mat and began to grow up and around a beautiful Crepe Myrtle. I still like it but it begins to outgrow my ability to control it and it makes me worried. I have found the variegated variety is less hardy and robust. It has gone through little cracks in the wall over to my neighbors, climbed over and down his side of the wall and extended itself an additional 2ft up in places to make the privacy between us, well, more private. There is also the problem of the next door neighbors who don't keep the vine under control, and the roots from their side are growing under the soil up to my foundation! On Aug 16, 2003, Lance_of_HB from Huntington Beach, CA wrote: I'm sorry I let it grow from one side wall of my house, across the back wall and to the other side. As a houseplant, it doesnât tolerate drying out as well as other figs (including fiddle leaf fig). I'll try to keep you updated on my success. When growing creeping fig as a houseplant, it will need bright, indirect light. I think it's survived for so long as it gets protection from the house as its planted right against the house and the south facing gives it the seasonal sun it needs. On Oct 13, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote: I bought a house and the neighbor, who didn't take care of the yard, had this planted along a shared fence. ut not the parts on the tree but on the same plant which has invaded the walls nearby , could the poison transfer to the tree via the climber's wrapped around it's bark ? It looks good but is out of control; I don't know where it came from but it is also on my neighbors wall and as far down the walls as far as I can see...so invasive, definitely. Other facts about Ficus Carica Creeping Fig/ Ficus Pumila Ficus Pumila is also a species of flowering plant in the mulberry family. We've lived here for about 6 months, and so far I've had no negative experiences with this plant -- it's easy to control and not nearly as invasive as some of the other vines in my yard. You'll regret it, I promise. Questions about Creeping Fig asked by other gardeners. It is a fast-growing woody vine. It is a robust grower; given adequate light and water it swiftly makes a ground cover and a climbing vine. I will NEVER plant this anywhere, anywhere, anywhere. Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) is a sprawling vine that may grow upwards of 15 feet, showcasing thick, shiny leaves and pear-shaped figs â¦ I put them in the ground and left them bound to the original stick. When we were able to finally pull out the roots, which came out in one piece, it was (I kid you not) over 10 FEET in length. I repeated the process again lower down. Our creeping ivy grew from the ground up the trunk and branches of a tree, and had literally choked part of the tree before we got to it. My husband did the backbreaking work on (hopefully) removing it from one of our backyard hard-scaped planters, leaving the rest of the fig for the "privacy". On Mar 23, 2011, krixtina from Redlands, CA wrote: ok, Yes it can get out of control. Central Phoenix -- I have an Aloe Christmas Carol, ... read more, I just found one upside down on our patio and put him ... read more, Flocks to the suet feeder along with the dozen or so ... read more, Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com. Creeping fig is very hardy and drought tolerant once established. Feeding. A little maintenance and this vine looks great and in twenty 20 years it has not taken over anything. The other poster was correct - this stuff just laughs at Brush-B- But overall, in spite of any minor difficulties, it is an excellent house/terrarium plant. 10" underground and extended it's roots through the pipe blocking all water flow. Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide which must be applied to actively growing green material so that it can be translocated throughout the plant (most importantly to the roots). Get some... Light. I'd really like to know if anyone out there has some thoughts on this subject! The roots are delicate when it comes to splitting up an existing plant. Gone, and the like. Your concerns are warranted, this vine may kill the Palm. Depending on one's outlook, creeping fig is either a miracle plant handed down by the gods or a scourge from hell. Thanks. Over the years creeping fig has distinguished itself as a durable plant that is unaffected by the traffic of snakes, and in point of fact actually "adapts" to higher traffic of more active species by growing a longer stem on ground-born vines, allowing snakes to move under the leaves without disturbing them. Once a year I have a tree trimmer trim it as well as trees that need it. Her six children and stepchildren served as subjects of editorials during her tenure as a local newspaper editor. Creeping fig suffers few diseases and resists most pests. A no brainer for care, except for the cutting back to keep it under control. Other vines around my yard are Virginia Creeper, cross vine, cat's claw vine, honeysuckle, passion vine (2 types), trumpet vine, clematis, firecracker vine, morning glory, grapes, and both types of "Boston ivy". It refuses to die. Then last year when I had back problems was unable to trim it, so this year decided to cut it all down and start over, since it was so out of control. Indoors and out, weeping figs have 5-inch long glossy green leaves on droopy branches. It is a fast grower and has taken over a nice shade tree, which it is choking out. It is fast-growing and requires little in the way of care. Should I spray or brush Glyphosate (Roundup or whatever )..on the creepers leaves b... read moreut not the parts on the tree but on the same plant which has invaded the walls nearby , could the poison transfer to the tree via the climber's wrapped around it's bark ? On Oct 16, 2005, weatherguesser from Battle Ground, WA (Zone 8b) wrote: The folks who lived in our house before us constructed a brick pedastal to hold a potted plant and planted creeping fig at the base. The vine grows vertically 20 to 40 feet, then sends out side shoots horizontally. Keep the container warm with high ambient humidity in a bright but not sunny location. Several days later I saw quite a number of yellow leaves which have now fallen off.Today a week and a half later I administered a second dose by drilling a hole in each of the two biggest parts (3 inches wide). I have found the variegated variety is less hardy and robust. I grow them as a climber in the shade of my garage. On Oct 8, 2012, SVCDeserts from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 6b) wrote: I bought the plant in a small pot, then transplanted it. 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