Ficus elastica: Rubber Plant
This is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a tree-type indoor plant that will grow quite high. Its beautiful, shiny leaves will lend a lush, tropical look to your home or office, either on its own or as backdrop to other, lower growing pot plants.
Lifestyle Home Garden stocks the following varieties of Ficus elastica with three very different striking foliage variations:
Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ (Tineke Rubber Plant): a striking variegated green and white foliage with a blush of pink/burgundy
Ficus elastica robusta: a variegated cream and green foliage
Ficus elastica ‘Abidjan’: a dark variety with beautiful burgundy coloured leaves
Ficus elastica are commonly referred to as:
Rubber plant or Rubber tree
Size of the Rubber Plant:
In its natural environment, the Rubber plant will grow up to 20m high, but containerised in an indoor situation it will reach a maximum height of 3m.
Water requirements for Your Rubber Plant:
The rubber plant needs to be kept moist, but must not sit in water. Water when the top layer of soil becomes slightly dry, roughly once a week in summer and fortnightly in winter.
It will also benefit from a regular misting to keep the air around it moist, especially in summer or if the room is heated in winter.
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Ideal Light Conditions for Your Rubber Plant:
Ficus elastica prefers a position in bright light with no direct sunlight on its leaves. Place it near a sunless window or at least 2m away from a sunny window.
Temperature Requirements for Your Rubber Plant:
Average room temperatures of 15 – 24°C are perfect. The rubber plant does not enjoy temperatures lower than 12°C and should never be exposed to drafts.
Feeding Requirements for Your Rubber Plant:
Feed with a liquid fertilizer every fortnight during spring and summer.
General Care for Your Rubber Plant:
Ficus elastica is one of the easiest figs to take care of. Most important is not to overwater it and not to move it around too much once you have found the perfect place for it. A sudden drop in temperature or light conditions or exposure to a draft will affect its condition.
Plant in a well-draining, good quality potting soil. It’s a relatively fast grower and will need to be re-potted every year while it’s young and about every three years once it has matured. Repot in a pot one or two size bigger than the one it is in to allow for space for root growth. Once it becomes too big and impractical to repot, simply top up the potting soil when necessary. Click |HERE| for some guidelines to repotting your indoor plant.
Cut off dead leaves and twigs regularly. Once your rubber tree has reached the height you prefer, you can cut the top off. It’s best to do this in spring or summer. Wear gloves when you prune it and avoid getting the white sap it releases into your eyes or onto your skin.
Clean leaves regularly with lukewarm water and a soft cloth to remove dust and show off its beautiful shiny leaves.
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