Characteristics ficus pumila
Ficus Pumila is an evergreen climbing shrub, its origins come from tropical Asia and is small in size. This plant uses aerial roots to attach to various hanging supports, the stems are thin and branched and can reach a length ranging from 60 to 80 cm. The heart-shaped leaves, of a bright green color, are rather small in size and in some cases are variegated in white. If the plant grows naturally it has a flowering with small flowers while in pot cultivations it hardly blooms. This ornamental plant is grown in hanging pots to allow the branches to climb and wallpaper the wall.
Usually it is used to cover bare walls or terraces. the important thing that the temperature is constant and tending to heat. This shrub can also recreate a very particular environment by providing a backdrop to other flowering plants.
Cultivation ficus pumila
The Ficus prefers a humid and bright climate, since being a plant with tropical origins, the suitable environment must be hot - humid.
Even in the winter season the temperature must not drop below 15 degrees and in summer it can be placed outside but not in direct sunlight; Pay particular attention also to drafts, which are very harmful to the shrub.
The ideal soil must be soft, rich in organic substances, with a good level of drainage; We recommend placing a layer of 2-3 cm of gravel on the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to drain.
To avoid absolutely clayey and compact soils that would remain soaked with water for a long time with the formation of mold and parasites.
Keep in mind that these plants need to develop, it is therefore advisable to choose large pots or in any case to repot at least every two years, supplementing with potting soil if the latter will be insufficient for the new pot.
The watering must be done in a regular way, by spraying water also on the foliage, the important thing is to keep the soil constantly soft and humid; fertilizing with liquid fertilizers and fertilizer should be done at least a couple of times a month.
If the plant has some dry branches it is necessary to remove them by cutting the base and in any case check if there are no parasitic causes in place.