Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) -  - Wild Lark - Wild Lark
Wild Lark

Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)

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Rubber trees (Ficus elastica) are popular houseplants known for their large, glossy leaves and sturdy, upright growth habit. They can grow quite tall indoors and make a statement in any room. Follow these care instructions to keep your rubber tree healthy and thriving:

  1. Light: Place your rubber tree in a location with bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, but prolonged exposure to harsh sunlight can scorch the leaves and cause them to lose their vibrant color.

  2. Water: Allow the top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Water your rubber tree 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: Rubber trees can tolerate average indoor humidity levels, but they 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 60-75°F (15-24°C) for optimal growth. Rubber trees can tolerate a range of temperatures but avoid exposing them to temperatures below 50°F (10°C) or sudden temperature changes.

  5. Fertilizer: Feed your rubber tree 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 rubber tree 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 rubber tree 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, rubber trees (Ficus elastica) are toxic to cats and dogs. They contain a sap that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea if ingested by pets. Keep rubber trees out of reach of pets and consider choosing a different plant if you have pets that are prone to chewing on plants. If you have concerns about your pet's health, contact your veterinarian.