A straight growing central-stemmed plant, the Rubber Plant 'Robusta' is perfect for new gardeners who want to make an impression!
They can grow under low light conditions and only require moderate watering.
In the early stages, it displays lovely broad cream and green leaves with tints of pink and burgundy. Later on, it will develop thick stems and large green glossy leaves that can grow up to 20 cm long. They are tough and although they start small, they can reach up to 50 to 100 ft outdoors and indoors, with regular pruning, it will be easily kept at a maximum of 6ft.
Due to their striking looks with thick stems and large green glossy leaves, the Ficus elastica is cultivated worldwide as ornamental plants.
Rubber plants are also tolerant of being over or underwater, which makes them ideal for beginners
The name 'Rubber Plant' was given due to its white sap which is used in the production of rubber
These imposing trees filter airborne toxins from the atmosphere, and they have been named one of the best plants to clear the air
If it grows in a well-lit area, it will resist pests and diseases
An imposing houseplant with no need for expert care that will give your guests something to talk about!
Rubber Plant 'Robusta' - Ficus elastica 'Robusta' Care Guide
Place it in a well-lit spot with indirect sunlight. They can survive in badly lit spaces but will become a bit gauntly
Regular watering is recommended while they are growing but avoid damp roots. Wait until the soil surface and top inch have dried out before watering it again
It will thrive in diverse climates (preferably between 10 °C to 29 ° C. If you have an outdoor area, it will appreciate the fresh air during the summer but avoid cold drafts
If you want your Rubber plant to produce extra-large leaves, it will need feeding every 2 waterings, but don’t fertilise it in the winter
Although they have been cultivated as houseplants, they will require some space and a pruning routine if you want to keep them at a regular size
Daily misting to maintain humidity, especially when the air is dry is recommended!
Rubber Plant 'Robusta' - Ficus elastica 'Robusta' General Information
This Evergreen tropical tree is native of South Asia and Southeast Asia
In its natural habitat, it can grow over 30 metres tall. As a house plant height can be more manageable