Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) is a fantastic ‘fake’ perennial climbing hedge plant, as it looks like a hedge when growing up walls. Its young leaves are heart-shaped and grow quickly, making it an ideal plant to use to cover up any unsightly walls or large open garden spaces. It is shade tolerant and extremely hard-wearing once established.

How to grow creeping fig in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden (either to grow up a wall or in a garden bed) that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Water in well with diluted Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic to help reduce transplant shock.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchips or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant. 
  5. Feed every regularly with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.


Growing creeping fig in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade against a support structure (wall or fence).
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots. 
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Feed regularly during the growing season with Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.


Growing tips

  • Prune to control growth

  • Can propagate from cuttings

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Recommended products

Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic

A 100% bull kelp seaweed tonic. Great for improving plant resistance and protection against pests, drought and frosts -also reduces transplant shock.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.