Rubber Tree Plant - MedioFicus elastica
[ Pot Size: 6'' - 9'' | Height: 13" - 20" ]
Rubber Tree plants perform best in bright indirect sunlight. The plants are characterized by their large, oval burgundy foliage. Check the soil for dampness once a week. If dry, add about a cup of water, keeping in mind that any excess will build up in the bottom and should be avoided. Mist leaves often and avoid cold drafts for best results
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- Geographic Origin: Southeast Asia
- Features: Low-maintenance; Air-purifying
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Great For: Bright light
Plant Care Guide
Bright, indirect light is best. A few hours of direct morning sun is okay but too much will dull the leaves. Will become leggy in low light. Dust leaves monthly to ensure they can absorb light.
About once a week. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry. Water less often in winter.
Level of Care
Easy! Just make sure it has enough sunlight and that you don’t overwater.
The NASA Clean Air Study has ranked the Rubber Tree as one of the most efficient houseplants that remove formaldehyde from the air we breathe.
Feed with a liquid, indoor plant fertilizer about 1-2 times a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize in winter.
Prefers warm, humid conditions around 60-75°F. Keep away from drafty windows and air conditioners.
Use a well-draining, All-Purpose potting soil. Young plants should be transplanted annually. Once mature, transplant every 2-3 years to give room to vast root network.
Pruning & Propagation
Prune damaged leaves by breaking to the leaf node. Can trim new growth to reduce height and control shape. Propagation is difficult outside of greenhouse settings.
Mildly toxic. Sap can cause mouth irritation and indigestion if consumed.