If you notice dust building up on those lovely leaves, gently wipe it off. It will keep his pores clean and let his leaves breathe freely.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Ficus elastica


Rubber plant; Rubber tree; Rubber fig; Indian Rubber bush

Plant type


Air purifying?


Plant height (including pot)

30-40cm; 90-100cm

Pet/baby safe?

Toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size

12cm; 27cm

About Rubber plants

The rubber plant gets its name from the white latex coursing through its veins, which was once used to make rubber. Even its handsome, glossy leaves have a thick, rubber-like look.

In its native habitat in southern parts of Asia, this plant can grow as tall as 60 metres, with its trunk getting as thick as two metres in diameter. It won’t get anywhere near as lofty as that indoors, thankfully.

Give it all the care it needs - don’t forget it loves a regular misting - and you’ll be rewarded with a striking plant that will be a focal point in any room. It likes a medium level of light and watering only when the top two inches of soil are dry. It will also appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

Did you know?

In parts of India, the rubber tree’s incredibly strong roots have been trained to form ‘living bridges’ over small rivers.