Rubber Plant

25.00 د.إ160.00 د.إ

Ficus elastica, the rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber tree, rubber plant, or Indian rubber bush, Indian rubber tree, is a species of flowering plant in the family Moraceae, native to eastern parts of South and Southeast Asia. It has become naturalized in Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and the US state of Florida.
SpeciesF. elastica
KingdomPlantae
GenusFicus
SubgenusF. subg. Urostigma

Description

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is a popular and easy-to-care-for houseplant known for its large, glossy leaves. Here’s a comprehensive care guide to help you grow and maintain a Rubber Plant successfully:

Care Guide for Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Light

  • Moderate to Bright Indirect Light: Rubber Plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate moderate light conditions but avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. Place near a north or east-facing window for ideal light conditions.

Watering

  • Moderate Watering: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly when watering, but ensure the pot has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.
  • Watering Frequency: Water more sparingly in winter when growth slows down. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water.

Humidity

  • Average to High Humidity: Rubber Plants prefer higher humidity levels. Mist the leaves occasionally or use a humidity tray to increase humidity, especially in dry indoor environments.

Soil

  • Well-Draining Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark or sand works well. Good drainage is essential to prevent waterlogged conditions that can lead to root rot.

Temperature

  • Warm Temperatures: Rubber Plants prefer temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler at night. They are sensitive to cold drafts and should be protected from temperatures below 55°F (13°C).

Fertilizing

  • Balanced Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding in fall and winter when growth slows.

Pruning

  • Minimal Pruning: Trim any yellow or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant’s appearance. Rubber Plants are generally low-maintenance in terms of pruning.

Repotting

  • Every 2-3 Years: Repot your Rubber Plant every 2-3 years in spring or early summer, or when it becomes root-bound. Choose a slightly larger pot with fresh potting mix suitable for indoor plants.

Common Problems

  • Leaf Drop: Can occur due to overwatering, underwatering, or sudden changes in light or temperature. Maintain consistent watering and avoid extremes.
  • Pests: Watch for common houseplant pests like spider mites and scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Propagation

  • Stem Cuttings: Propagate Rubber Plants from stem cuttings. Take a cutting with a few nodes and place it in moist potting mix until roots develop.

Additional Tips

  • Cleaning: Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the foliage looking shiny and healthy.
  • Support: Use stakes or a moss pole to support the plant as it grows taller.

Rubber Plants are known for their air-purifying qualities and make excellent additions to homes or offices with their bold foliage. With proper care and attention to its needs, your Rubber Plant can thrive and become a focal point in your indoor space.

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HEIGHT 20CM, HEIGHT 50CM, HEIGHT 60CM, HEIGHT 100CM

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