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Care Guide

Ficus Elastica Care

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Meet Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica, commonly known as the rubber plant has large leaves and is easy to care for. Although the Ficus Elastica grows naturally in lowland tropical forests it can thrive in a large range of environments.

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Light

Place the Ficus near a window in a room that gets bright light in the summer with more moderate light in the winter. Turn the plant occasionally so all the growth does not occur on one side.

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Pet Friendly

No

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Water

Water weekly during the summer with room temperature water. Add water until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Discard the excess water if it flows into a container. Adjust the watering for your plant. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. If the leaves turn yellow and begin to drop, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water. Check the root ball. If the roots are soggy water the plant less often. If they are dry, increase watering. Humidity and light levels affect the amount of water needed.

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Humidity

High

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Temperature

Ficus plants will do best in temperatures between 50° to 85° F. If the temperatures exceed this the leaves will loose their turgid appearance. It is best to avoid any quick temperature drops.

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Difficult Level

Easy

   Common Problems Q&A

 Why are my leaves dry and brown?

You may be under watering your plant, it is best to maintain a consistent watering schedule and water your Ficus when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. It is also a good idea to trim off the brown leaves so your plant can put more energy into healthy new growth.

Why are my leaves dropping?

Ficus plants like to have consistently moist soil. Make sure you are not over or under watering your plant and try maintaining a regular watering schedule.

Why are my leaves yellowing?

This is likely due to water stress or low humidity. If the soil is moist and you still notice yellowing leaves try misting the leaves to increase humidity.

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Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy' - House Plant Shop

Ficus Elastica 'Burgundy'

$14.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig
  • Description: Native to India and Southeast Asia, the Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' is perfect for those looking for a small indoor tree with thick, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves and pink to purplish stipules. In the wild, it grows up to around 200ft tall, and its roots are used in India to form living bridges. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if taken internally, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Tineke' - House Plant Shop

Ficus Elastica 'Tineke'

$14.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Variegated Rubber tree, Ficus Elastica 'Tineke', Rubber plant
  • Description: Native to tropical regions of India and Malaysia, Ficus Ruby 'Tineke' is a hardy, vibrant evergreen plant with green-yellow and white variegation. Care is similar to other rubber plants, but the variegation requires more light than the 'Burgundy' variety. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if ingested, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop
Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink' - House Plant Shop

Ficus Elastica 'Ruby Pink'

$14.99
  • Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
  • Common Name(s): Variegated Rubber tree, Ficus Elastica Ruby
  • Description: Native to tropical regions of India and Malaysia, Ficus Ruby Pink is a hardy, vibrant evergreen plant with red-pink and white variegation. Care is similar to other rubber plants, but the variegation requires more light than the 'Burgundy' variety. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if ingested, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
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