Plant Care Burgundy Rubber Tree

Burgundy Rubber Tree

4.8 out of 5 (11 experiences)

Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Burgundy Rubber Tree

Ficus elastica, more commonly known as the rubber tree, has a white, milky latex that is a source of natural rubber. They’ve also been shown to have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. The aerial roots of the rubber tree have been used to create incredible living bridges in India. The bridges get stronger over time as the roots slowly fuse together, and some are over a hundred years old! 🌉

Taxonomy

Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

Burgundy Rubber Plant

How to care for Burgundy Rubber Tree

💦 Water

How often to water your Burgundy Rubber Tree

Water needs for Burgundy Rubber Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Burgundy Rubber Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Burgundy Rubber Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Burgundy Rubber Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Burgundy Rubber Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Burgundy Rubber Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Burgundy Rubber Tree in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Burgundy Rubber Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Burgundy Rubber Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Burgundy Rubber Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Burgundy Rubber Tree prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Burgundy Rubber Tree Water Frequency →

Burgundy Rubber Tree Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Burgundy Rubber Tree requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Burgundy Rubber Tree Light Requirements →

Burgundy Rubber Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Burgundy Rubber Tree prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Burgundy Rubber Tree Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Burgundy Rubber Tree does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Burgundy Rubber Tree →


💩 Fertilizer

Burgundy Rubber Tree should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Burgundy Rubber Tree →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Burgundy Rubber Tree to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Burgundy Rubber Tree is native to worldwide Tropics.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Burgundy Rubber Tree

Burgundy Rubber Tree

Burgundy Rubber Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 7
Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Burgundy Rubber Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@keetnasmith avatar
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leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 10,618 XP
globe Reno, NV
09/23/2021

Very good beginner plant, doesn’t care about humidity which is nice! I’ve never had it turn brown or crispy or anything! The leaves will curl if it is under watered, but that is it. Great plant for everyone (:

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@PearlyBird avatar
@@PearlyBird
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 552 XP
globe Rochester, NY
09/16/2021

Gorgeous plant, easy to care for

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@shaeshae avatar
@@shaeshae
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 1,437 XP
05/02/2021

Will show signs of stress if not given enough light! Make sure to place in an area with access to bright (indirect to keep burgundy color) light! 🌱

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@GatherandGrow avatar
@@GatherandGrow
leaf-1 147 Plants
xp 103,989 XP
globe Lincoln, NE
04/06/2021

This little rubber plant was shipped to me during some unexpected below freezing temps this past winter! I thought she was a goner but I did
The best I could and gave her chance. She has survived and thrived and has tripled in size since she arrived!
I am obsessed with rubber plants and would highly recommend a burgundy rubber tree to anyone who wants a lovely, hearty little plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor

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