Plant Care Ficus Elastica Variegata

Ficus Elastica Variegata

Also known as

Variegated Rubber Plant, Variegated Rubber Plant, Variegated Rubber Fig and Variegated Rubber Tree

Taxonomy

Ficus elastica variegata
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

How to care for Ficus Elastica Variegata

💦 Water

How often to water your Ficus Elastica Variegata

Water needs for Ficus Elastica Variegata
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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 Variegata

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Variegated Rubber Plant in your home

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

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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 Variegata does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ficus Elastica Variegata

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 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 Variegata 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.


🪴 Soil

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Ficus Elastica Variegata 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 Variegata 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 Variegata is native to worldwide Tropics.


🌱 Propagation

Ficus Elastica Variegata can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 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 Variegata

Ficus Elastica Variegata

Ficus Elastica Variegata


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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