Ficus Elastica Ruby, Rubber Plant 6”
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
Plant Care & Growing*:
Weekly waterings are typically ample as they allow the plant a period to dry out and breathe, but in the winter months watering frequency will likely need to decrease to every two weeks to avoid overwatering. When watering, avoid splashing the leaves, as this can cause stains.
Rubber plants prefer bright, indirect light that isn't too hot. Direct sunlight can result in scorched leaves. You can keep your rubber plant near a window with a sheer curtain to give it just the right amount of sunlight.
Climate & Temperature
Rubber plants absolutely do not like the cold, so people who live in cold areas keep them as houseplants. It is only in zones 10 and 11 that you can grow rubber plants outdoors. Other than that, keep them inside your home or in a greenhouse.
This plant does not like too much water, so make sure the soil drains well. Add some peat moss to a container of soil to improve the drainage. Letting a rubber plant sit in stagnant water will cause several diseases that affect its roots.
Unlike most plants, the growing season for the rubber plant is during summer. It is during this time that the plants should be fertilized. Use a mixture of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in a gallon of water and water the rubber plant with this mix every 3 to 4 weeks.
How to Repot
When it is time to repot a rubber plant, you will see the roots popping out from the top of the soil. To avoid transplant shock, repot the plants around late winter or early spring. Use a pot that is two sizes larger than its current pot and fill it halfway with soil. Make sure the soil drains well. You can add rocks to the bottom to improve drainage. The rubber plant will be hard to remove from its current pot, so you have to water it to get it out. Once it’s out, place the plant into the new pot and slowly build around it with potting soil. Then soak the plants until water drains out from the bottom.
Speed of Growth
In a single growing season, the rubber tree can gain more than two feet in height. It is a very fast-growing plant, so gardeners must stay on it and trim it often.
Height & Width
The rubber plant can grow a hundred feet tall when it’s outside and undisturbed, but many people keep it from 1 to 8 feet tall. It’s width usually ranges from three to eight feet.
The rubber tree grows wildly if it’s not cared for. The growing speed is why many people use them as hedges in their gardens. You can trim the plant at any time of the year, but early summer, sometime around June, is best. To trim a rubber plant, cut off any wild branches or clusters of leaves that aren’t growing in the direction they should be. Make sure to cut the stem or branch right before a node, so that the leaves keep growing.