Ficus elastica – the rubber plant, a member of genus ficus, under the fig family Moraceae. Care for this rugged plant with shiny leaves is easy to learn.
Many types of rubber plants and rubber tree varieties have been grown indoors as a houseplant for decades. Ficus elastica has been a plant which has helped many a homeowner begin their journey of growing plants indoors. Check out the best indoor plants with names.
The rubber trees popularity was probably at its highest from the song by Frank Sinatra “High Hopes”.
Rubber plant elastica ficus and its many varieties handle neglect much better than the rubber plants cousin – Ficus benjamina.
Native to India and eastern Asia, the plant can become massive reaching a height of 100′ feet. When grown as a houseplant, it will need pruning to maintain its shape.
Sturdy plant stems hold shiny, usually dark green leaves, 12″ inches long, 6″ inches wide and oval.
When given proper care – a well-drained potting soil, good light and water – elastica rubber plants can quickly become impressive specimens.Room Temperatures between 70°-78° degrees Fahrenheit will produce an excellent rubber plant. During the winter keep temperatures above 55° degrees Fahrenheit.The quantity of rubber plant leaves on a tree may not be as numerous as Ficus benjamina, but their size means they hold lots of water.When watering, water thoroughly, completely saturating and soaking the soil media. Frequency, will depend on lighting, temperatures and plant size. Overwatering can lead to root rot.During the active growing months of spring and summer, fertilize with a liquid plant food once per month.When repotting the ficus tree, use a commercial houseplant soil, adding a little extra peat moss would not hurt. Plants can grow quickly and require repotting every couple years. Use a pot with drainage holes.To encourage branching, remove the top growing tip and new shoots will begin to form and branch out of the rubber plant.
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