Rubber Plant

Botanical Name: Ficus elastica

 

Common Name: Rubber plant, rubber fig, rubber tree

 

Mature Size: Easily grows up to 10 feet indoors

 

Sun Exposure: Medium to bright indirect light. Avoid direct sun as it can burn the leaves. 

 

Soil Type: Pot in a well-draining mix that allows air circulation. Most indoor potting mixes should be fine. 

 

Water: Water frequently as rubber plants prefer to stay moist in the spring and summer months. 

 

Temperature: Avoid freezes, but rubber plants thrive in standard home temperatures, 65 to 80 degrees F. 

 

Potting/Repotting: Repot in the early spring so as not to shock the plant once the roots become visible at the bottom of the pot. Place in a pot slightly larger than the previous. Once your rubber plant becomes too large, you can take soil off the top and replenish with new potting soil. 

 

Fertilizer: In growing season, feed with a diluted houseplant fertilizer approximately once a month and reduce in winter months. 

 

Propagation: Propagate by stem cutting from a healthy section that includes multiple leaves a a node. Dip in rooting hormone and place in a separate pot with well-draining potting mix. 

 

Toxicity:  Produces a sap that can be toxic to animals- so stay clear!

 

Fact: Don’t be concerned about the dried up roots at the base of the trunk. Those are aerial roots which are how this plant grows in nature.