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Tickey Creeper

Ficus pumila

Also known as

Kruipvy (Afr.), Creeping fig, Climbing fig, Creeping rubber plant, Fig

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Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Tickey Creeper Overview

Ficus pumila wants to stay moist between waterings but not damp and wants to live in a brightish spot out of direct sunlight. Ficus pumila is a neat, self-clinging, evergreen climber with dark green leaves commonly known as tickey creeper, climbing fig or creeping fig. Nearer the growing tip, the leaves are brighter green and smaller, with branches becoming woody as they age. It is an excellent climber, initially slow growing, picks up once it is settled. Good for covering walls, but keep away from house foundations. Can be used as a ground cover and is often grown as a houseplant for the attractive leaves.

Common problems with Tickey Creeper

Tickey Creeper Companion Plants

Best planted on it's own as it has a strong root system.

How to harvest Tickey Creeper


How to propagate Tickey Creeper


Sow seed in spring directly into soil.


Take softwood and leaf cuttings in spring and summer.


Air layering in summer.

Special features of Tickey Creeper

Ground cover

Can be grown as a ground cover.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Tickey Creeper

This is suitable indoor plant for a Terraria.


It is often used in gardens and landscapes where it covers the ground and climbs up walls.

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