The Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree is the easiest to take care of amongst the Ficus elastica family. It has become one of the more popular house plants due to their beautiful colors and unique rubber leaves.
Quick Plant Bio
The Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree is formerly known as the Ficus elastica. Its origin is in Indochina, through Southeast Asia to Indonesia. The Rubber Plant is a tropical plant that belongs to the fig family, Moraceae. The plant yields a milky white latex, which was formerly used to make rubber. In addition, people used the roots of the Rubber Tree to eventually form living bridges.
How to Water and Take Care of Rubber Plants
When watering your Rubber Plants, you want to make sure that the soil is moist, you will only need to water it on a weekly basis. Sometimes its easier to use a soil moisture meter to determine how much water your soil needs or has. If you don’t want to use one, you can always just use your fingers to measure the soil moisture.
If you see leaves yellowing, that means you’re watering it too much, don’t worry, you can still save the leaves. Just decrease watering, and it’ll come back green again!
During its growing season, which is in the summertime, the plant will need more water. You should also wipe the leaves down with a damp cloth to keep them moist and to help your plant absorb more sunlight.
Make sure to keep your plant in well-drained soil at all times so you can combat root rot.
Rubber plants require bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can result in scorched leaves. Leave your rubber plants near a window with a sheer curtain to give it just the right amount of sunlight.
It’s always a good idea to repot your rubber plant so it can grow naturally. You probably only need to do this once every few years or once a year, depending on how large your pot is and how fast it grows. If you want to keep your rubber plant its current size, there’s no need to repot.
When propagating, take a small branch from a healthy rubber plant and let it root in soil or water. Make sure to let the sap from the stem dry first before planting.