Plant Profile: Rubber Plant

Formally known as Ficus Elastica, the rubber plant was a favorite plant of the Victorians and remains equally popular today. Bred for toughness, it will survive in less light than most plants its size. It will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures. This plant is easy to grow and is especially effective at removing formaldehyde. It receives high marks in all categories and is an excellent overall houseplant. Its common name is derived from its thick, leather-like, dark-green leaves that contain a rubber-like latex. Given proper conditions, it will eventually reach a height of 8 feet.

Family: Moraceae (fig)

Origin: India, Malaysia

Care: Feed regularly during the summer months only. Water regularly from mid summer to fall, allowing the soul to dry slightly between waterings. Then, water sparingly. The rubber tree does not tolerate overwatering.

Lighting: Medium to Bright

Ideal Temperature: 60-80°F (16-27°C)

Challenges: In dry, centrally heated air Rubber Plant is susceptible to attacks by scale insects, spider mites and thrips.

Propagation: Air Layering