Rubber Tree Plant Care - How to Grow Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' - Soltech
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Rubber Tree

SCENTIFIC NAME: Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'

KNOWN AS: Rubber Plant, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Rubber Plant, Indian Rubber Plant, Indian Rubber Tree

CLIMATE (LOCATION): India, Malaysia | Tropical

DESCRIPTION: The Rubber Tree has beautiful, dark green to burgundy black leaves. You can pot it in a group with a few stems or make it into a bush or tree. It will look nice no matter what!

Rubber Tree Care

Water your plants thoroughly, but make sure that you wait until the top inch or two of soil is dry before watering again. In winter, water less often so that the soil can get up to 50% dry.
A Rubber Tree needs bright, indirect light to stay healthy. If it gets too much direct sunlight, the leaves might burn. The plant can also survive in lower light conditions, but you will need to water it more and it might not look as good.
Your Rubber Tree can adapt to the average humidity in a room, but will do better in higher humidity levels, especially during summer or hot, dry conditions. You can help remove dust from their large leaves by occasionally misting them.
This plant is able to survive in average indoor temperatures, but it generally prefers warmer temperatures. If it's exposed to cold drafts or dry heat from vents, it might complain by losing its leaves.
Rubber Tree leaves are mildly toxic to pets and humans. If ingested, the person or pet may experience mouth and stomach irritation, as well as vomiting. Some people also experience skin irritation when handling the sap.
If you trimmed your Rubber Tree to encourage branching, you can also propagate with that stem cutting! This will be a new stem cutting taken from the top of the plant where there is new growth. Trim the stem back a bit, if needed, leaving a decent section with 3-4 leaves and make the cut just below the lowest leaf. Remove the lower leaves to ensure a clear stem before rooting in water or another medium. Rubber Trees can be tricky to root, so it might help to dip the cut stem in rooting hormone first. Once the roots are a few inches long you can pot up your new Rubber Tree

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Rubber Tree Lighting Requirements: High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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