Plant Care Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

4.6 out of 5 (378 experiences)

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

About Rubber Plant

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

Also known as

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

How to care for Rubber Plant


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 located in Austin, Texas.

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

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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.

Plant care guide for Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

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Growing Rubber Plant in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 5th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Austin is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 18.5% ☀️

December 4th, 2021

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 18.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 9.8 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Daylight will decrease by 0.7 hours 📉

December 4th, 2021

This month, Austin is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 6.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.0 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Austin, Texas ⛅.


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.

When to repot Rubber Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Austin is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any …

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Difficulty Level

Rubber Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Austin, Texas, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Rubber Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 227
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 199
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 148
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 34
Rubber Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 29
Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 16
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Amberrgrayy avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 218 XP

An alright plant. Lovely sized leaves. However they do drop them like there is no tomorrow!

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Megan avatar
leaf-1 117 Plants
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globe Washington, District of Columbia

Super easy. Doesn’t need water all that often and just does its thing! If it doesn’t have enough light it won’t grow very much/at all.

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leaf-1 117 Plants
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globe Washington, District of Columbia

Very easy plant, just make sure not to overwater. If it’s not getting enough light it just won’t grow very much/fast. Super satisfying to watch new leaves come in.

Mahina avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 208 XP

When I moved in with my husband four years ago, he had this plant and it’s still as strong as ever, but twice as tall :3

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 122 Plants
xp 2,477 XP
globe Perth, Western Australia

This guy has made it through a year of neglect but enough watering to keep it alive. It’s surviving in its newer and bigger pot so will keep updating.

Survivor Survivor
Cassrose avatar
leaf-1 44 Plants
xp 1,037 XP
globe New York

Oh my, this guy has been through it and still is. Definitely a survivor and I’m hoping when spring comes I’ll get new leaves because I’m at my wits end with 4 straggly ones lol

Survivor Survivor
Rinnyk avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 718 XP
globe Round Hill, Virginia

Gorgeous leaves. Steady grower, not super fast. Definitely exciting when new leaves emerge. We’ve had TonT for 9mos. He’s produced 2 new leaves. Spring time he’ll get a new pot and upgrade.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP
globe Des Plaines, Illinois

propagated them w little to no experience and they are doing great

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Elyse_bee avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 392 XP

Pretty easy to maintain

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 700 XP
globe Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Spider mite prone, but beautiful plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Bfeipel avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,916 XP
globe New Haven, Indiana

This is a tough one! Lost all but one leave when I brought it home but after figuring out what she likes she has become one of my fav plants! She has beautiful leaves full of color. Keeping her in the same spot with the right lighting and keeping up with a watering schedule has done wonders for her.

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leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe New York

Nice looking, easy to take care of!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@My botanical daydream
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 83 XP
globe Worthing, England

Giving a mist on the leaves and wiping the of dust and debris when you water is really good for them :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 201 XP
globe Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Rubber plants are uniquely beautiful and I love the way mine looks in my home. However, mine has been dropping leaves a little bit since I got it (easily could be do to my lack of botanical skills) so maybe not the best plant for those of us who need plants that can withstand a little negligence

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Conrad avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 149 XP
globe San Marcos, California

Multicolored, abundant leaves accompanied by their tall stem make this plant a perfect addition to the plant collection to add variety and height diversity. The calm and pinkish tones of the plant pair well with most home interiors. Love this beautiful girl.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Hilary avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 93 XP

Seemingly impossible to kill which is great for a plant murderer like me, but the sap (I guess it is called) can make your skin itch and is toxic to pets.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,214 XP
globe Wellington

Very slow grower, one of my leaves didn’t develop properly dunno why. I’m just impatient and want it yo grow faster lol

Survivor Survivor
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globe Courtenay, British Columbia

you need to touch the soil to make sure it is ready for watering.. let it dry out before watering cause it’s a plant that overwatered quickly

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 94 XP

Very picky and expensive but nice when thriving

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 23 Plants
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globe Columbus, Ohio

beautiful and tolerant plant gives birth to new leaves all the time

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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