Variegated Rubber Tree "Ruby" (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Variegated Rubber Tree "Ruby" (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Variegated Rubber Tree "Ruby" (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
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Variegated Rubber Tree "Ruby" (Ficus elastica)

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The "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica, also known as the "Ruby" rubber plant, is a striking variety of the rubber tree plant, with beautiful pink, green, and cream-colored leaves. This plant adds a touch of color and elegance to any indoor space. Follow these care instructions to keep your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica healthy and thriving:

  1. Light: Place your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica in a location with bright, indirect light. The variegated leaves require more light than the non-variegated varieties to maintain their vibrant colors. However, avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves and cause the colors to fade.

  2. Water: Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Water your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica thoroughly until it drains from the bottom of the pot, and then allow the excess water to drain completely. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

  3. Humidity: "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. However, it will appreciate a boost in humidity, especially during dry winter months. To increase humidity, you can place a tray filled with water and pebbles underneath the pot, mist the leaves occasionally, or use a humidifier.

  4. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 65-85°F (18-29°C) for optimal growth. "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica can tolerate a range of temperatures but avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) or sudden temperature changes.

  5. Fertilizer: Feed your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a half-strength solution to avoid over-fertilizing. Reduce feeding to once every 2-3 months during fall and winter.

  6. Pruning: Prune your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica as needed to maintain its shape and size. Remove any yellow or brown leaves and trim the tips if they become damaged. You can also pinch back the growing tips to encourage bushier growth.

  7. Repotting: Repot your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica every 2-3 years or when the roots outgrow the pot. Choose a well-draining potting mix and a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Be gentle when handling the roots, and water the plant thoroughly after repotting.

  8. Pest control: Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Pet-friendly or toxic to pets?

According to the ASPCA, Ficus elastica, including the "Ruby" variegated variety, is toxic to cats and dogs. If ingested, it can cause symptoms such as oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing due to the presence of proteolytic enzymes and calcium oxalate crystals. It's best to keep your "Ruby" variegated Ficus elastica out of reach of pets to prevent any potential health issues. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the plant, contact your veterinarian immediately.