Plant Care Creeping Fig

Creeping Fig

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About Creeping Fig

Did you know that all plants in the Ficus genus produce figs? In fact, the word Ficus quite literally means figs! Even cooler, all figs are pollinated by tiny wasps that use the fruits as a safe place to raise their young. 🐝 Ficus plants also contain latex which emerges as a milky sap when twigs are broken. This latex makes them toxic, so be sure to keep a close eye out if you have children or pets!


Ficus pumila

Also known as

Climbing Fig, Ficus ripens, Curly Fig, Ice Caps and String of Frogs

How to care for Creeping Fig

💦 Water

How often to water your Creeping Fig

Water needs for Creeping Fig
0.5 cups
every 9

Creeping Fig needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Creeping Fig

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Creeping Fig in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Creeping Fig: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Creeping Fig love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Creeping Fig does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Creeping Fig in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Creeping Fig

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Creeping Fig: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Creeping Fig after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Creeping Fig is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Creeping Fig →

Common Creeping Fig Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Creeping Fig prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Creeping Fig Water Frequency →

Creeping Fig Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Creeping Fig requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Creeping Fig Light Requirements →

Creeping Fig Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Creeping Fig is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Creeping Fig Toxicity to Dogs →

💨 Humidity

Creeping Fig prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Creeping Fig Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Creeping Fig does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Creeping Fig →

💩 Fertilizer

Creeping Fig should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Creeping Fig →

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Creeping Fig to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.

🌎 Native Region

Creeping Fig is native to worldwide Tropics.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Creeping Fig bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Creeping Fig is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Creeping Fig →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Creeping Fig can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Creeping Fig Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Creeping Fig can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

How to Propagate Creeping Fig →

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Creeping Fig, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Creeping Fig

Creeping Fig

Creeping Fig

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Creeping Fig has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Creeping Fig has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Creeping Fig has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Creeping Fig has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
@strawberrymoon avatar
leaf-1 22 Plants
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ridiculously easy plant!! keeps their variegation even in lower light (there’ll be less but it’s still there) , i water them around the same time as i water my pilea :) they don’t seem picky about anything tbh and they grow very fast

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leaf-1 97 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL

Super cute plant. I love the look of it and the trailing leaves are beautiful. Pretty easy to care for too. I have mine under a grow light in the winter and in a pot with good drainage watering it every week.

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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 384 XP
globe Cincinnati, OH

Lovely vining growth, airy and delicate, likes brighter light.

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@liz.white.121 avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 208 XP
globe Sandown, England

The leaves are naturally quite dry so it’s difficult to tell whether you’re watering it too much or not enough. This guy can survive a fair while without watering though, and perks up quickly! Some fronds brown really easily but if you keep an eye on it, it’s a beautiful trailing plant which I love to drape on my bookshelf! 📚

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@Gabooty avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Cortland, NY

Super easy care! On par with a succulent in terms of ease

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@mollylphillips avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Omaha, NE

very easy and nice to look at

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@soul avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 99 XP

I keep mine in the shower, needs bright indirect and humidity. I rotate it every time I water so the leaves don’t grow all one direction.

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@Destinyyyy avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 439 XP

It’s really nice

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ava avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Zumbrota, MN

idk guys i really like this plant although after a while it completely dried up so i’m working on fixing it.

@Maddiemledford avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
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globe Eau Claire, WI

This plant genuinely hates me

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@alex avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA

I want to like these plants so much because they’re cool climbers, but they brown pretty easily. They need to be watered every 1-3 days depending on environment (sunlight, pot size).

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@liam avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Lake Forest, CA

cute baby <3

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globe Amityville, NY


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