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Old 12-07-2011, 08:35 AM
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what to do with creeping fig?


Yesterday I bought 2 hanging baskets off the discount shelf at Lowes. Each at a dollar, I mainly bought them for the actual pots, thinking I just toss the dead plants. At home, after cleaning out the dead leaves, I realized the plants are still alive and really don't look all that bad. BUT, they are variegated creeping figs (Ficus pumila 'Variegata').

What do I do with them? Any suggestions? I don't think this creeper would grow on a PVC fence, and I am afraid to let it loose on the house wall. Is this one just as vigorous as the plain green variety?
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:36 PM
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These can be finicky plants .. they like moderately most soil, somewhat humid environment, bright shade and yes, if they are happy they will run amok.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:14 PM
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My experience is that Ficus pumila makes for a pretty decent "topiary", with a bit of regular clipping.
So how about making something like this?
Photo was borrowed from this article.

This one was formed by wiring 2 cocoa-lined, wire hanging baskets together -the center was filled with a good quality medium and divisions of the Ficus were planted through cuts made in the cocoa fiber. Growing tendrils of the Ficus would then be trained over the form and pinned in place while they "learned" to cling.

The same "ball" concept could also be displayed as a hanging specimen, which I think would be very attractive.
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:26 AM
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Thanks Xeo, and yes, they would have the perfect growing condition in my yard

zuzu, what a great idea!
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I like Zuzu's idea too! I'm thinking an old birdcage might be a nice form for it.
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I am going to Orlando next week. I am hopping to squeeze some non blooming orchids in my luggage. Does Lowes in Orlando have lots orchid?
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:17 PM
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esyf, Lowes and Home Depot have nice phalaenopsis at this time of year.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:31 PM
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Thanks for your information.
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