Plant Care Rubber Plant
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Rubber Plant

4.8 out of 5 (44 experiences)

Rubber Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

rubber tree, rubber fig, rubber bush, Indian rubber bush, Indian rubber tree and Ficus Tineke pink belize

Taxonomy

Ficus elastica
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

What other plant parents say

Rubber Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 27
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 24
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 19
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Rubber Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Shealenyeah avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Ronald by Shealenyeah on Greg, the plant care app
04/07/2021

I bought a very small burgundy rubber tree plant a few months ago. I know it will take a lot of time and care for it to grow fuller, but I’ve already got a new leaf and I’m so proud! It seems resilie…

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@Sharon
Austin, TX
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Rubbert by Sharon on Greg, the plant care app
03/12/2021

It wasn’t my favorite at first, but I’ve grown to love it. It’s easy to keep even when you don’t pay too much attention to it. Through my ownership of three month, it was moved from three pots and t…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Winston by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
02/22/2021

Ficus elastica is a sturdy, durable houseplant. This one has never showed any signs of stress. Growth slows down during winter months but it’s doubled in size during each summer I’ve had it (hoping …

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Emily avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Montreeal by Emily on Greg, the plant care app
02/19/2021

My partner didn’t think I could be crazy enough to bring a plant home on a train after a vacation, he was wrong :) I love this ficus. The leaves are so beautifully coloured, it tolerates a bit of neg…

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Sunnyplantmom avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Emilo by Sunnyplantmom on Greg, the plant care app
04/19/2021

This has been one of my dream plants. When I got it, it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The beautiful large dark emerald leaves are incredibly beautiful. As it buds, it comes up red and it’s gorg…

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@Greg2005
Montgomery Village, MD
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Ronaldo by Greg2005 on Greg, the plant care app
04/16/2021

Was shipped from Florida in the mail to Maryland in February and was for 2 weeks in transit, came in very cold soil and was almost dead..... but I make that flower to be alive and make me happy, and…

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@Lindsaydtay…
Saint George, UT
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named rya by Lindsaydtaylor on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

don’t over water! if the leaves start dropping let the soil completely dry before watering again. and if the stems starts to get wrinkly, water more! over all this is my favorite plant!

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@Cmmnsnse
Pinellas Park, FL
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Polo G by Cmmnsnse on Greg, the plant care app
04/13/2021

Polo is like that friend who can mesh with just about anyone, and is an excellent compliment to any of his friends. Easygoing and popular, you can’t go wrong when he’s in the mix.

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@Mars.is.mad
Las Vegas, NV
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Camo by Mars.is.mad on Greg, the plant care app
02/20/2021

Definitely a great ficus plant great for beginners! And if you like variegation this plant is super stable and impossible to burn. She does so great in my east window!!

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@Plantfather
Orlando, FL
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named jade by Plantfather on Greg, the plant care app
04/02/2021

I love my rubber plant jade! She’s doing great so far, in a bright northwest window. love her!

How to care for Rubber Plant

Water

How often to water your Rubber Plant

Water needs for Rubber Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Rubber Plant 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 Rubber Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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 Rubber Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rubber Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Rubber Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rubber Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Rubber Plant

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

Care Summary for Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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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