4.6 out of 5 (415 experiences)
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! 🌉
Also known as
Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Indian Rubber Bush and Indian Rubber Tree
How to care for Rubber Plant
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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
November 30th, 2022
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in…
November 28th, 2022
Philadelphia is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to decrease by 30.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 7.0 megajoules of energy p…
November 29th, 2022
This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 8.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.1% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of…
Rubber Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.
Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.
Rubber Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.
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.
November 28th, 2022
The growing potential in Philadelphia is very low 📉.
Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.
What other plant parents say
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!
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.