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Rubber Plant: A Resilient and Attractive Indoor Houseplant

The Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) is a fantastic indoor houseplant, perfect for both new and experienced plant owners. Native to Southeast Asia, this tough and forgiving plant features oversized, glossy emerald green leaves. Some varieties even showcase pink-coral and cream patterns, making the Rubber Plant a striking addition to any home and an excellent choice for brightening up an empty corner. Additionally, it offers health benefits by absorbing air contaminants through its large leaves, effectively cleaning the air in your home.

The green waxy leaves of a Rubber Plant are gently wiped with a cloth to remove dust and grime.

General Care for Rubber Plant

Sunlight

  • Prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct afternoon sun as it can scorch the leaves.

Water

  • Water regularly to keep the soil steadily moist, but avoid soaking.

Humidity

  • Enjoys moderate humidity. Keep away from drafts.

Soil

  • Use a high-quality, well-draining potting mix.

ficus elastica leaf with a variegated patterning of yellow, light green and dark green patches.

Common Problems and Solutions

Rubber Plants can be susceptible to common indoor pests such as aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, scale, and thrips. Early identification and treatment with a gentle option like neem oil are crucial.

Symptom: Bleached/Brown Leaves

  • Cause: Sun damage.
  • Solution: Move the plant to a location with indirect lighting.

Symptom: Yellowing/Dropping Leaves

  • Cause: Overwatering or low humidity.
  • Solution: Adjust watering schedule and increase humidity.

Precautions

Rubber Plants are mildly toxic to cats and dogs due to their sap, so it's best to keep them out of reach of your pets.

TIP: As your Rubber Plant grows, the weight of its leaves may require support. Use a long wooden dowel or bamboo stalk to help keep the plant upright.

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