Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small, oval yellowish-green figs.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wasps
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Care of F. elastica by eclayne Jul 26, 2017 10:39 AM 0
Help needed in on Rubber Plant by AmyAmy Jan 21, 2020 10:16 PM 1
Ficus tree leaves have holes, areas of white spots and brown spots by humnoid Jan 12, 2020 10:48 AM 5
Rubber Tree Help by ConnieHT Dec 28, 2019 8:46 AM 1
Houseplant Help by pcarlson1115 Nov 30, 2019 10:53 AM 4
Splitting old rubber plant by Embereyes Nov 18, 2019 8:11 PM 5
Advice Please: Frost Damaged Indian Rubber Plant by IRP44 Nov 14, 2019 3:07 PM 3
Root bound Rubber Tree by bwaspe Oct 22, 2019 7:09 PM 4
Help with rubber plant by simontw Oct 13, 2019 10:26 AM 14
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Show your pretty variegated foliage! by plantladylin Nov 27, 2019 3:40 AM 137

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