Plant Care Rubber Plant
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Rubber Plant

4.6 out of 5 (334 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 207
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 179
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 131
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 33
Rubber Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 27
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
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@Peggyplant
Brentwood, California
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Richie by Peggyplant on Greg, the plant care app
06/13/2021

This plant is gorgeous, there’s no denying that. However, I haven’t gotten the hang of caring for it yet. It dropped a lot of leaves in its first couple weeks with me. Now it seems okay (I’ve added a…

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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, Texas
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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@Peggyplant
Brentwood, California
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Reneé by Peggyplant on Greg, the plant care app
06/13/2021

I wouldn’t recommend buying this plant so small. I’d probably opt for a more mature pink rubber plant. It’s harder to keep younger plants alive and I’m struggling to get this one to keep its leaves. …

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San Antonio, Texas
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Mina by Autumnriley05 on Greg, the plant care app
04/25/2021

This is my first ever house plant, and she’s been pretty easy to take care of! I had to repot her soon after getting her bc she was already outgrowing her pot, but with a weekly water she does great!…

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@Oprah_rynfr…
Chicago, Illinois
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Tineke by Oprah_rynfrey on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

Loves light!! Repotted well with new growth the following week. Rotate frequently and provide supports. Don’t over water!! I successfully encouraged branching by pinching off new growth. Fast growth …

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@Tatianamoss
Denver, Colorado
Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Zeus by Tatianamoss on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

This plant has been fun to watch grow. When he gets new leaves, I always get super excited. This is my first tree and he has been doing really well since I got him. I water him once/week and he’s nev…

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@Martin
New York
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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Emmyanenome avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Montreeal by Emmyanenome 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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Nostalg.iia avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Rubber Plant named Darci by Nostalg.iia on Greg, the plant care app
06/19/2021

I absolutely loveeee this plant, the leaves are so beautiful and it has been so healthy in in-direct sunlight. I water it when the soil is dry in the top few inches and it seems to really like that. …

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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

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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 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 region 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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