plants

Rob

£55.00

Rubber Plant

Variegated Rubber plant; Ficus robusta

Why we love Rob

He’s a plant with presence. His big, thick leaves make him one very eye-catching houseplant. 

Bright light
Easy care
The patch promise

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 robusta

Nickname

Variegated rubber plant; Rubber bush; Rubber tree; Indian rubber plant

Plant type

Evergreen tree, indoor

Air purifying

Yes

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 is most typically found in southern parts of Asia, where it can grow as tall as 60 metres. It gets its name from the white latex coursing through its veins, which was once used to make rubber. Way back in 1400BC, the Mesoamerican people would mix latex from the rubber plant with juice from a Morning glory plant to make bouncy balls, which they used in a game called ollamaliztil. In English the game is known as pok-a-tok. Sadly, the rules are lost to history.

The rubber plant is not often used for its latex these days. It’s much more popular as a houseplant, loved for its thick, rubbery leaves. Those big leaves like a lot of light. Direct sun can be too harsh, but lots of indirect light will make this ex-sports star very happy. It will also appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.

If you’d prefer this plant with dark green leaves, check out Rob’s brother Robin.

Did you know?

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