Plant Care Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

4.6 out of 5 (415 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! 🌉

Taxonomy

Ficus elastica
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

Also known as

Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Indian Rubber Bush and Indian Rubber Tree

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 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
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.

Plant care guide for Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

56% Medium

Growing Rubber Plant in Austin right now

Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2022

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 will decrease by 20.6% ☀️

November 30th, 2022

Austin is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Austin is expected to decrease by 20.6% 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 0.8 hours 📉

November 30th, 2022

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

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of dayligh…

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Finding light for Rubber Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rubber Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Rubber Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Rubber Plant does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Austin, Texas currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Rubber Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Rubber Plant in Austin, Texas

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

November 28th, 2022

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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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Rubber Plant 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!


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Care Summary for Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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 253
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 226
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 170
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 39
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Ivysaur avatar
@Ivysaur
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 4,248 XP
globe Renton, WA
03/30/2022

Big shiny leaves! Thrives in average humidity & temp. Can take a couple hours of direct sun in the summer without getting brown spots. Likes to dry out between waterings. Pests avoid it.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Ccrocco avatar
@Ccrocco
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 3,664 XP
globe Roseville, CA
03/17/2022

I love these plants. Beautiful hardy leaves, for the most part let’s you know when it’s sad, and propagates easy. Mine likes to dry out between waterings.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mandyttarius avatar
@Mandyttarius
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 824 XP
02/08/2022

I’ve had this ficus for years now, probably 3 or 4 and she’s doing so great. She’s survived 3 moves and almost 5 months of no watering at all and just living off a self-watering pot. Unbelievable really. She’s been repotted 3 times and grows so much every time I do that. I did have to give it support so it would stand more upright or else the branches lean and open up toward the side.

Overall a beautiful, hardy plant that, placed in the right spot that she likes, will thrive and grow and grow. It takes a little testing to see where she’s happy but when you find it, boom! You’re set.

I love her!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jcplantproper avatar
@Jcplantproper
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 27,132 XP
globe Homestead, FL
02/07/2022

Keep it in the same spot. They don’t like to be moved around the house

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Radflax avatar
@Radflax
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
02/04/2022

Grows quickly and does need support like a bamboo stake

Fast grower Fast grower
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 2,880 XP
01/26/2022

Love love love this plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Weightygray avatar
@Weightygray
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 56 XP
globe New York
01/26/2022

Water plant Biweekly/every 14 days avoid overwatering and let the soil drain. Have good soil that prevents over or under watering.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bloomsbyvel avatar
@Bloomsbyvel
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 824 XP
globe North Brunswick Township, NJ
01/24/2022

Love my rubber plant. Starting growing her from a baby. A little finicky with lighting but is growing nicely.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Philipvpham avatar
@Philipvpham
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 427 XP
globe Kansas City, MO
01/18/2022

Plays a mean cello

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Boozybillsbabe avatar
@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 8,863 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/17/2022

Such a beautiful plant and so easy to care for. Keep the soil moist and give it bright light and it just flourishes.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Discophilly avatar
@Discophilly
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Wismer, PA
01/15/2022

Very pretty and easy to maintain. Very happy plant 😇🌱

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 8,427 XP
globe Leawood, KS
12/27/2021

Very pretty and easy to maintain.

Survivor Survivor
Annalovesvoting avatar
@Annalovesvoting
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 3,269 XP
globe Portsmouth, NH
12/22/2021

Get into ficus it’ll be fun!

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 10,286 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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Gitana avatar
@Gitana
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA
12/20/2021

Not cat friendly.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Sunshine1008 avatar
@Sunshine1008
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 350 XP
globe Lisle, IL
12/13/2021

Low Maintenance easy to take care of

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Haru avatar
@Haru
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 40 XP
globe Seoul
12/08/2021

Easy to grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Amberrgrayy avatar
@Amberrgrayy
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 639 XP
12/01/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 14,504 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/24/2021

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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