Plant Care Ficus Elastica Decora

Ficus Elastica Decora

4.5 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Ficus Elastica Decora has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ficus Elastica Decora has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Ficus Elastica Decora

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! 🌉


Ficus elastica 'Decora'

Also known as

Ficus Decora, Ficus Decora and Indian Rubber Plant

How to care for Ficus Elastica Decora


How often to water your Ficus Elastica Decora

Water needs for Ficus Elastica Decora
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Elastica Decora 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.

Calculate water needs of Ficus Elastica Decora

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Ficus Decora in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus Elastica Decora: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ficus Elastica Decora love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ficus Elastica Decora does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ficus Elastica Decora in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Ficus Elastica Decora

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ficus Elastica Decora: 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 Ficus Elastica Decora after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Ficus Elastica Decora

Ficus Elastica Decora

Ficus Elastica Decora

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


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

Ficus Elastica Decora has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Ficus Elastica Decora has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 2
Ficus Elastica Decora has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Ficus Elastica Decora has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
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Cute little vera gated plant. Looks awesome and takes very little care

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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