Rubber Tree Care
The Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica) is a type of ficus that can grow up to 200 feet in its native habitat, which ranges from India and southern China through to the South Pacific.
Placement: Rubber plants require a good deal of moisture, but do not like to sit in soggy or waterlogged soil. Do not place your plant in an area where it will lose moisture quickly, such as by a drafty window/vent, next to a heater or in direct sunlight. Bright, indirect sunlight is ideal, but the plant will generally tolerate slightly lower light conditions. It is commonly recommended to place rubber plants by south facing windows with sheer curtains that light can filter through.
It’s important to keep your rubber tree’s leaves clean, as dust build up can interfere with photosynthesis..
Routine Maintenance: Though the plant likes high levels of humidity, it is capable of being overwatered. Dropping of yellow leaves may be a sign the plant is being overwatered, however older leaves will also yellow and fall off as a part of their natural life cycle. Pay attention to which leaves are fading, keeping your care routine in mind. Changes in location effecting light and temperature may also cause the plant stress, resulting in leaf drop.
Standard Planter Instructions
Your rubber tree should be watered regularly, but not excessively. Once the top soil is dry to the touch, saturate the soil so water runs out the drainage holes. In the warmer, growing months your rubber plant will require more watering than in the dormant, winter months when the soil should only be kept lightly moist.
The rubber tree is capable of huge growth in the wild. It wants to be tall! To tame the plant’s growth and maintain a bushier appearance, prune the new growth tips. Make sure to do all pruning with sharp, sterilized blades.
It is important to keep your rubber plant clean. The large, ovate leaves collect dust, which interferes with the plant’s ability to photosynthesize. Regularly wipe down the leaves, on both sides, with a soft, damp cloth. Keeping the plant clean will not only allow the leaves to shine and keep the plant healthy, it will also help prevent potential pests.
With a little bit of care and attention, your rubber plant should flourish in its new environment.
Self Watering Container Instructions
The self-watering planters require a good, solid drenching of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Water once a week until the topsoil is moist. TEST: After two weeks, fill the reservoir up half-way, and keep an eye on the indicator. If the indicator goes down, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to water weekly until it does.
RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period. Think of how plants absorb water in nature: it doesn’t rain every day, and the soil around plants isn’t constantly moist. Instead, there are periods of moisture and drought. Ficuses typically appreciate the extra water, so once the reservoir is empty, wait 2-5 days before you refill.