Plant Care Ficus Robusta

Ficus Robusta

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About Ficus Robusta

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 'Robusta'

Also known as

Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Rubber Tree and Rubber Plant

How to care for Ficus Robusta


How often to water your Ficus Robusta

Water needs for Ficus Robusta
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus Robusta 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 Robusta

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 Robusta in your home

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

Ficus Robusta love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ficus Robusta does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Ficus Robusta

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

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Care Summary for Ficus Robusta

Ficus Robusta

Ficus Robusta

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 Robusta has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 3
Ficus Robusta has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Ficus Robusta has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Ficus Robusta has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Dannielle avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Harpenden, England

Really easy to maintain, has survived over & under watering, grows a lot and is cute as F

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Paul avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 134 XP
globe Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

It’s easy to look after, cleans the air and looks wonderful with its rich glossy leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@harvongreg avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 64 XP

literally indestructible i love her

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

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