Plant Care Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/05/2021

About Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

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 'Shivereana'

Also known as

Splashy Rubber Tree

How to care for Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

💦 Water

How often to water your Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

Water needs for Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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 'Shivereana'

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ficus elastica 'Shivereana': 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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 'Shivereana' does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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 🏡.

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Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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.

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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!

Best Soil Mix for Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' →

When and How to Successfully Repot Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' →

💩 Fertilizer

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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!

❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana' 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 Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

Ficus elastica 'Shivereana'

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.

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