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Tips & Tricks

Winter climbing figs - how to get the plant through the cold season


Climbing figs are naturally easy to maintain and undemanding houseplants that can even be kept outside in the right conditions in summer. But be careful: in winter the plant belongs indoors.

Climbing figs (ficus pumila) that are several meters long are eye-catchers in the living room or in the winter garden. The tropical plant related to the rubber tree not only glows trellis, the climbing fig is also changeable and easy to care for in the hanging basket or as a ground cover.

If some care instructions are followed, the climbing fig proves to be a grateful and easy-care houseplant. Even during wintering, the plant reveals itself to be flexible and unproblematic.

Climbing figs can be wintered so flexibly

In general, the climbing fig can stand warm all year round. This means that no changes need to be made during the winter months. The plant remains at the flower window and is further cultivated at room temperature.

It is also possible to overwinter the plants in a bright and cool room at around five to ten degrees.

" Tip: Colored climbing figs should not be colder than ten degrees in winter.

The plants adapt to their respective location during the cold season. Cultivated all year round at room temperature, the plant does not take a winter break and continues to grow unabated. When the winter is cool, growth stops.

This natural behavior of the plants affects the care of the climbing fig:

maintenanceClimbing fig at room temperatureClimbing fig during wintering
Watering and fertilizingIf the plant is overwintered at room temperature, nothing changes in the care habits. The climbing figs are watered as usual and can be given fertilizer every two months.In the cool winter quarter, growth will slow down significantly. During the hibernation, the climbing fig needs significantly less water. The floor should not dry out completely. If the hibernation is cool, there is no fertilization.

Climbing figs in the summer quarters

The climbing fig can also be grown outdoors in summer. The plants are particularly decorative in the tub on the balcony or terrace. A bright and warm location is chosen, if possible without direct sunlight. At the latest when the temperatures drop below ten degrees at night, it is time for the tropical plant to be brought into the house. The plant can then immediately move to the cool winter quarters. If the climbing figs should be placed in the warm flower window in the living room during the cold season, the climbing figs should only gradually get used to the change in temperature.

Avoid maintenance errors in the winter quarters

Wintering also means stress for the plant. Even if climbing figs are overwintered at room temperature, there are some dangers that can weaken and damage the climbing plant.

In winter, climbing figs are faced with various conditions:

  • dry heating air
  • too low humidity
  • too warm location
  • too cold location
  • Soil too dry
  • Floor too wet

What should you watch out for during the winter at room temperature?

If the location of the plant is not changed directly, in winter a lot changes for the climbing fig. The plants have to cope with dry heating air. If a stand is not found directly next to the heating, this would be very advantageous for the plants. Furthermore, a constantly high air humidity should be ensured. The plants should therefore be sprayed more often. The root ball should be kept evenly moist. The floor must not dry out, but there must also be no waterlogging in the winter quarters. As the plant continues to grow, climbing figs can also be fertilized in winter. It is sufficient to administer liquid fertilizer in low concentrations every four to eight weeks.

Wintering at room temperature in brief:

  • Avoid standing directly above the heater
  • Spray the plant regularly
  • water evenly
  • fertilize every now and then

What to avoid

  • dry heating air
  • overheated rooms
  • too low humidity
  • temperature fluctuations
  • draft

What should you watch out for during the winter?

The temperature fluctuation initially means stress for the plant. Therefore, getting used to the winter quarters should be gradual. In cool temperatures, the plants stop growing and fall into a kind of winter rest. As a result, fewer nutrients are needed. However, watering must not be completely omitted, since the root ball must not dry out. However, the top layer of earth may dry out. It is best to do a finger test before giving water. Fertilization is not necessary for wintering in cooling. The temperatures should also be constant in winter quarters and never fall near freezing point. Temperatures around eight degrees are optimal. The location should be bright, but not in full sun, because the winter sun can also damage the plant and burn the leaves.

The wintering in cooling in brief:

  • Temperatures between five and ten degrees
  • pour significantly less
  • do not fertilize

What to avoid

  • Temperatures below five degrees
  • direct winter sun
  • draft
  • Administer fertilizer
  • water too intensely

What maintenance errors can occur in the winter quarters?

If the watering behavior is not adjusted during the cool winter period, waterlogging can quickly occur. If the irrigation water cannot drain, this attacks the roots and they quickly start to rot. If you react quickly, you may be able to save the plant by transplanting and adjusting the watering behavior.

If too little water is poured, dry bales will result. In this case, the leaves wither and dry up and ultimately fall off. The leaves show whether the climbing fig is satisfied with its winter quarters. If the leaves show discolouration or dry out, watering is usually insufficient or the climbing fig lacks the necessary humidity.

" Tip: Colored-leaved species prefer a warmer winter quarter. At temperatures below ten degrees, the leaf drawing loses its intensity and turns green.