Rubber tree is a member of the Ficus (Fig) family. Its botanical name is Ficus elastica.
While the tree in its natural habitat can grow in excess of 9 metres (40 ft) for the houseplant grower, it won’t reach this high, nor will it likely flower, and it definitely will not fruit (a certain species of wasp is required to pollinate the flowers that is only present it its native habitat).It is a houseplant that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Normally growing to a mature height of 12.00 metres (39.00 feet), Rubber tree grows with a tree habit. Some varieties of Rubber tree you may like to consider growing are: Decora, Variegata, Burgundy, Black Prince, and Ruby.
India is believed to be where Rubber tree originates from.
Rubber tree is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Just like many of it’s relatives Rubber trees do not like to be moved around or to have frequent changes in temperature or light.
It likes bright, indirect light but may become accustomed to full sun for at least a portion of the day (especially the variegated varieties).
Water when soil is quite dry (almost to the bottom of the pot) and then completely soak.Try to plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Rubber tree needs a potting mix soil with a ph of 5.1 to 6.5 (weakly acidic soil). Rubber tree is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.
Unlikely to find seed available.
To propagate take stem cuttings in spring. To keep the sap from forming a cap on the base of the cutting, place it in water for about 1/2 hour. Remove from the water and dip the cut surface in rooting hormone. Then, insert it into moist potting mix to root.1
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Rubber tree so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Rubber tree so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Rubber tree plants:
Rubber Plant gets its name from the sticky sap that dries into a low-quality rubber.1
Rubber fig, Rubber ficus, Rubber plant, Indian rubber bush
Ficus decora, Ficus cordata