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Creeping Fig Question

Posted by jim13_gardener 10 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 21, 07 at 7:40

Does anyone know if Creeping Fig will adhere to a reed fence? My backyard had a high chain link fence I wanted to cover for privacy, so I put the reed fencing over it and planted something called Purple Wing, because I could still see through the reed. I was told it grows fast, which it does, but it doesn't provide much coverage. Mostly it just hangs down from the top with a few branches pushing through here and there. I'm told Creeping Fig provides a blanket of green, which is just what I want, but I don't know if it will grow on this type of surface. Any advice would be appreciated.

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RE: Creeping Fig Question

It has sticky 'feet', like ivy. If you are planning to grow 'ordinary' Ficus pumila then you may find that the adult stems and foliage are too robust for the reed fencing. If the reeds break down, over time, then the stems could leave the wall in sheets - as I've seen ivy do.

Unless it is weedy in your area - would a jasmine give you the cover you're wanting? Or Trachelospermum, if it grows strongly in your climate.

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