House Plant Care - Rubber Plant

House Plant Care - Rubber Plant

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Rubber Plant

Ficus elastica, also known as a rubber plant is an odd-looking plant, tropics belonging to Southeast Asia with huge, soft leaves and an exotic name. In the home, it is an excellent standard plant that thrives with bright light, regular water, warmth, and fertilizer.


To Do: For Growth

This plant requires bright, filtered light and can tolerate morning sun. Plants that are kept in low light conditions will become leggy, lose their lower leaves, and the color will become dull instead of glossy and vibrant. They require more than 300 foot candles of light. Frequent watering is required to keep the plant steadily moist. It cannot sustain the extreme dryness.


Soil Conditions

Any good, fast-draining potting soil will likely do for this plant. Feed the plant a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season. They are relatively heavy feeders when healthy. This Ficus grows fairly quickly under good conditions and until it reaches its desired size, the plant should be repotted once in a year. Larger plants can be difficult to repot, so if you cannot move the container, scrape off a few inches of potting media and replace it with new potting soil.


More about the Plant

Finding the right balance in your environment means that the plant can be thrive happily. That means moderate light, minimum moist and enough fertilizer to keep it healthy. Do not use excess quantities expecting a larger growth. They are vulnerable to cool drafts. Plants that are suffering from any imbalances will become leggy, with stretching internodes, and the leaves might first turn yellow and then brown before dropping off entirely. Ficus looks its best when fully covered with its own leaves, so take any leaf yellowing seriously, if you find the leaves turning yellow, probably, the plant life came to an end. Other hand, if leaves are drooping down then there is an extreme light source on the plant.