Fig ivy - Knowledgebase Question

Cottonwood, Ar
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Question by Proverbs31_1
October 21, 2010
This is my 3rd try at finding a solution. How do I help my fig ivy stick to my brick wall? Its feelers are not sticking to my wall.
Thanks Gayle

Answer from NGA
October 21, 2010
Creeping fig will cling to a brick wall if you support it upright so it makes good contact with the wall. Otherwise it will flop over itself until it grows large enough to reach the bricks. Once it starts to climb it will adhere without any help from you. So, the easiest approach is to place a stake in the ground and gently tie the vine to the stake. It will climb up, reach the brick and attach itself. In a year or so the vine will stand upright and develop bark so it is rigid. At that time you can pull out the stake. Be sure to pinch out the growing tips of your creeping fig - the more stems it develops, the better the chance for it to cling to the brick wall.

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