Plant Care Ficus 'Ruby'

Ficus 'Ruby'

4.7 out of 5 (20 experiences)

Ficus 'Ruby' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Ficus 'Ruby' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Ficus 'Ruby'

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 'Ruby'
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

Variegated Rubber Tree and Pink Rubber Tree

How to care for Ficus 'Ruby'

💦 Water

How often to water your Ficus 'Ruby'

Water needs for Ficus 'Ruby'
0.5 cups
every 9

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby'

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Ficus 'Ruby' in your home

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

Ficus 'Ruby' love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Ficus 'Ruby' does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ficus 'Ruby'

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

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Ficus 'Ruby' is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Ficus 'Ruby' Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Ficus 'Ruby' 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.

Ficus 'Ruby' Water Frequency →

Ficus 'Ruby' Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 🏡.

Ficus 'Ruby' Light Requirements →

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby' Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby' →


💩 Fertilizer

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 Ficus 'Ruby' →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Ficus 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby' is native to worldwide Tropics.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ficus 'Ruby' grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌱 Propagation

Ficus 'Ruby' 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 'Ruby'

Ficus 'Ruby'

Ficus 'Ruby'


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.

What other plant parents say

Ficus 'Ruby' has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Ficus 'Ruby' has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 12
Ficus 'Ruby' has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Ficus 'Ruby' has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Ficus 'Ruby' has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
@MeganO avatar
@@MeganO
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/15/2022

If you give this baby enough light it will grow nonstop.

Survivor Survivor
@AnnaLovesVoting avatar
@@AnnaLovesVoting
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 4,231 XP
globe Portsmouth, NH
12/22/2021

What’s not to love? Beautiful variegation basically impossible take kill

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@BJoyce avatar
@@BJoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,343 XP
globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

Super fast grower in the correct light conditions and rewarding to watch because every couple leaves adds inches. Also very tolerant of low light - I had it on a bottom shelf with almost no light for a year and it was fine. It didn’t grow, but it didn’t suffer. Then as soon as I put it in a bright windowsill it started popping out leaves like crazy. The variegation is also gorgeous.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@RJG avatar
@@RJG
leaf-1 129 Plants
xp 193,460 XP
globe Austin, TX
09/20/2021

love all my rubber trees!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@kingbeck13 avatar
@@kingbeck13
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,692 XP
globe Olympia, WA
06/02/2021

this plant thrives off positive thoughts and encouragement! mine isn’t the biggest fan of grow lights - always lost a leaf as soon as a new one popped out.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily

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