He likes a bright room but not next to a window where the sun will shine directly on him and scorch him.
When the top two inches of his soil are dry, it’s time for a drink. You’ll make him very happy if you mist him regularly.
He doesn’t need much feed, but a fertiliser mixed to half-strength once every two months in the warmer months will help.
His leaves can get dusty, which will block his pores. Nobody likes a blocked pore, so gently wipe him with a soft, damp cloth when needed.
Rubber plant; Rubber tree; Rubber fig; Indian Rubber bush
Plant height (including pot)
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
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.
Did you know?
In parts of India, the Rubber tree’s incredibly strong roots have been trained to form ‘living bridges’ over small rivers.
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