Ficus elastica or Rubber Tree Plant, originated in India and Malaysia and was once grown for the rubber produced from its sap. Today Rubber Trees are very popular indoor houseplants. It usually has 5”-12” large thick glossy leaves. Once damaged, the leaves cannot be trimmed and must be cut off. A Rubber Tree plant can be used as a small plant for the table, a full lush bush on the floor, or a ten- foot specimen tree in a room with tall ceilings. Like a Weeping Ficus , a Rubber Tree plant doesn’t like to be moved around and prefers constant temperatures. We carry the burgundy rubber trees, which have reddish/dark purple leaves.
LIGHT CONDITIONS: Rubber Tree houseplants do best in medium to bright indirect light. The solid green and dark burgundy varieties can adapt to less light, but the stems may be weak and the leaves small.
WATER CONDITIONS: Rubber Tree houseplants are a little difficult to water. Always allow the top 25-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Keep the soil even drier when your plant is in lower light or the room temperature is cooler. The leaves of Rubber Tree plants turn yellow from under-water and over-water. Perfectly fine green, burgundy, or variegated leaves may fall off from over- water.
Please note, Sweetpea's works with locally grown plants and each of our potted arrangements are unique in their own way. The assortment shown is an example of the size, colour and varieties of plants available. Your potted arrangement will vary based on the time of year, potting options and budget you've selected.