Question: I’d like to use fig ivy, climbing fig, in topiary. How do I get it started?

Answer: Start with a wire form, either that you have made yourself around a supporting frame, or that you have bought at a specialty shop. Pack it with wet sphagnum moss, and fill the inside with potting soil. Plant the small plants or cuttings through the moss and into the soil, then keep it moist at all times until they form good roots and start growing. Don’t leave it outdoors when temperatures will be below 40 degrees. Frost and freezes can ruin the fig ivy.

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