Plant Care Rubber Plant

Rubber Plant

4.6 out of 5 (406 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, Indian rubber tree and Ficus Tineke pink belize

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 Tampa, Florida.

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

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 Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida

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Growing Rubber Plant in Tampa right now

Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Tampa, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently medium 👌

January 24th, 2022

Sunlight energy as measured by “net radiation” in Tampa is currently medium 👌.

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

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Light needs for plant Rubber Plant in Tampa, Florida

Sunlight will increase by 14.6% ☀️

January 19th, 2022

Tampa is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Tampa is expected to increase by 14.6% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.3 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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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 Tampa, Florida ⛅.

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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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


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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 your location in Tampa, Florida, 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 245
Rubber Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 218
Rubber Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 159
Rubber Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 37
Rubber Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 30
Rubber Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 17
Rubber Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 17
Rubber Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Philipvpham avatar
@Philipvpham
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 265 XP
globe Kansas City, Missouri
01/18/2022

Plays a mean cello

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Boozybillsbabe
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 4,453 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
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 1 Plants
xp 37 XP
globe Wismer, Pennsylvania
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 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
12/27/2021

Very pretty and easy to maintain.

Survivor Survivor
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@Annalovesvoting
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,184 XP
globe Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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 54 Plants
xp 6,984 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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 33 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
12/20/2021

Not cat friendly.

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Sunshine1008
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 310 XP
globe Lisle, Illinois
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
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@Amberrgrayy
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 279 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-1 132 Plants
xp 12,198 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
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.

Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 132 Plants
xp 12,198 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

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
@Mahina
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 218 XP
11/22/2021

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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@Alycia_maree
leaf-1 120 Plants
xp 2,509 XP
globe Perth, Western Australia
11/06/2021

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
@Cassrose
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 1,110 XP
globe New York
11/05/2021

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
@Rinnyk
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 859 XP
globe Round Hill, Virginia
11/02/2021

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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@Jcvc10
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 123 XP
globe Des Plaines, Illinois
10/18/2021

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

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Elyse_bee
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 439 XP
10/15/2021

Pretty easy to maintain

Survivor Survivor
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@Bigshe64
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 953 XP
globe Ephrata, Pennsylvania
10/13/2021

Spider mite prone, but beautiful plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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