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! 🌉


Ficus elastica 'Ruby'

Also known as

Variegated Rubber Tree and Pink Rubber Tree

How to care for Ficus 'Ruby'


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

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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 🏡.


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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Care Summary for Ficus 'Ruby'

Ficus 'Ruby'

Ficus 'Ruby'

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 '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
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 20,080 XP
globe Washington, DC

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

Survivor Survivor
Annalovesvoting avatar
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 3,269 XP
globe Portsmouth, NH

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
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL

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
leaf-1 123 Plants
xp 104,514 XP
globe Austin, TX

love all my rubber trees!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kingbeck13 avatar
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 1,692 XP
globe Olympia, WA

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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