How much water does a creeping fig (Ficus pumila) houseplant need?

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Creeping fig (Ficus pumila) likes more even moisture than the tree-like Ficus houseplants and strong humidity will help you to keep the soil moisture from fluctuating too rapidly. Water thoroughly, allowing the water to run from the bottom of the pot, and check back after 15 minutes to remove any water sitting in the plant's run-off dish. Wait until just the top 1/2 inch of the soil dries before watering again. Never let the root area dry out completely or leaves will brown. Like other figs, Ficus pumila is susceptible to root rot if the soil is kept wet or the pot does not drain well. Striking just the right balance is a challenge and humidity helps a great deal.

In the low-light conditions of winter (October through February), your plant may take up water more slowly than during the active growing season. Look out for this change and adjust your watering routine to suit the conditions but continue to keep the soil evenly moist.

Your plant needs humidity year-round which can be complicated by the challenges of drying winter indoor heat and summer air conditioning. If you can keep the humidity above 50%, that will be enough to help provide the stable, moist growing conditions that favor this plant. Use a humidifier or stand the plant on a tray of wet pebbles during months of home dryness. If you would like to check whether you are providing enough humidity, you can buy a simple hygrometer (water vapor meter) to keep near your plant.

You can read more about caring for this plant in our Guide to Creeping Fig Houseplants.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

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  • Last Updated Feb 16, 2024
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  • Answered By Leslie Coleman

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