Plant Care Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Rubber Plant 'Melany'

About Rubber Plant 'Melany'

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 'Melany'
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

How to care for Rubber Plant 'Melany'

💦 Water

How often to water your Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Water needs for Rubber Plant 'Melany'
0.5 cups
every 9

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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 Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Rubber Plant 'Melany' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rubber Plant 'Melany': 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Rubber Plant 'Melany' love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Rubber Plant 'Melany' does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rubber Plant 'Melany' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rubber Plant 'Melany': 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 Rubber Plant 'Melany' after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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.

Rubber Plant 'Melany' Water Frequency →

Rubber Plant 'Melany' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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 🏡.

Rubber Plant 'Melany' Light Requirements →

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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.

Rubber Plant 'Melany' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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 Rubber Plant 'Melany' →


💩 Fertilizer

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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 Rubber Plant 'Melany' →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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

Rubber Plant 'Melany' 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 Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Rubber Plant 'Melany'

Rubber Plant 'Melany'


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.

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