Rubber Tree Plant

The rubber tree plant (also known as a ficus elastica) is one of my favorite indoor plants. Caring for your rubber plant tree isn't as difficult as one might think. The correct balance of water and light is critical, as with most house plants.


Rubber trees need bright indirect light that isn't too hot. I have a small plant about 14" tall that sits on my dinig table in front of a large window with sheer curtains. This allows for plenty of light but not too much.


During the growing season you will need to keep your rubber tree moist. But do not over water your plant, and do not let your plant sit in water, this will cause root rot. If you over water your rubber tree, the leaves will turn yellow and brown and fall off.

During the dormat season, from late fall until early spring it may only need to be watered about once or twice a month. If you notice the leaves beginning to droop, increase the water and you will notice the leaves perk back up again.

About once a week I wipe off the leaves with a damp cloth or use a spray bottle or plant mister to spritz with water.  Be careful with it's leaves though they look tough they are very delicate and any damage done will not repair and scar.

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