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Rubber Plant- Ficus Elastica

The Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) is an ideal indoor houseplant as this unusual-looking native to Southeast Asia is tough, easy to look after and forgiving to first-time plant owners. The long-lived plant boasts oversized shiny, glossy rich emerald green leaves. Some Rubber plant variegations display pink-coral and cream patterns making it a perfect addition to any home and a beautiful feature to an empty corner. There are also many health benefits to this plant. Air, including contaminants, is absorbed through the rubber plant’s leaves. The large leaves allow it to draw in large amounts of pollutants, making it efficient at cleaning the air.

The green waxy leaves of a Rubber Plant are gently wiped with a cloth to remove dust and grime.

 

General Care

Sunlight

Bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid afternoon sun as can scorch leaves.

Water

Regularly water, keep steadily moist but not soaked.

Humidity

Moderate humidity conditions. Avoid drafts

Soil

Use a high-quality, well-draining potting mix.

ficus elastica leaf with a variegated patterning of yellow, light green and dark green patches.

Common Problems

Rubber plants are vulnerable to a variety of pests that typically infest indoor houseplants, including aphids, mealy bugs, spider mites, scale, and thrips. Identify the infestation as early as possible and treat it with the least invasive option, like neem oil.

Symptom

Bleached/ Brown Leaves

Cause

Sun Damage. Move plant location to indirect lighting

Symptom

Yellowing/Dropping Leaves

Cause

Over-watered, too low humidity

Precautions

Rubber Plants are considered mildly toxic to cats and dogs due to their sap. Keep clear from your fur friends.

TIP: As the rubber plant grows, the weight of the leaves will require support by using a long wooden dowel (or bamboo stalk) to help keep them upright.

 

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