Plant Care Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

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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.

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?

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5"
☀️ Light

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 🚫.

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.

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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!

Benefits of Growing Rubber Plant →


💦 Water Needs

Rubber Plant prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rubber Plant Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rubber Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rubber Plant Light Requirements →

Rubber Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Rubber Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Rubber Plant Toxicity to Dogs →

Rubber Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Rubber Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Rubber Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Rubber Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Rubber Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Rubber Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Rubber Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Rubber Plant to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Rubber Plant is native to worldwide Tropics.


🌸 Flowers

Rubber Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Rubber Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rubber Plant will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Rubber Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rubber Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rubber Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Rubber Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Rubber Plant, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


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 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 252
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 225
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 169
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 39
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
@ivysaur avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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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
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leaf-1 53 Plants
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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
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leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 842 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!

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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Homestead, FL
02/07/2022

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

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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
02/04/2022

Grows quickly and does need support like a bamboo stake

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leaf-1 45 Plants
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01/26/2022

Love love love this plant.

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
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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
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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 834 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.

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Kansas City, MO
01/18/2022

Plays a mean cello

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leaf-1 46 Plants
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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.

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Wismer, PA
01/15/2022

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

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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
12/27/2021

Very pretty and easy to maintain.

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leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe Portsmouth, NH
12/22/2021

Get into ficus it’ll be fun!

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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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.

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
12/20/2021

Not cat friendly.

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leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Lisle, IL
12/13/2021

Low Maintenance easy to take care of

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Seoul
12/08/2021

Easy to grow!

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leaf-1 7 Plants
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12/01/2021

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

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leaf-1 66 Plants
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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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