Ficus Elastica

Ficus elastica is a species of plant in the Moraceae family, native to eastern parts of South Asia and southeast Asia. The more common names for this plant include rubber plant, rubber tree, or rubber tree plant. It hasĀ  earned the nickname rubber plant thanks to its milky white sap, which is at one time was used to make rubber. The pot size can restrict the growth if you are interested in keeping the plant smaller.

It is a is a popular houseplant because of its shiny and waxy appearance. These plants will grow tall and produce beautiful leaves if given proper care.

Care Level

Beginner

Maintenance

Pest

Aphids, mealy bugs spider mites and scale insects are primary pests of rubber plants.

Size

Rubber plants can grow up to 100 feet in their native homeland of Southeast Asia. As a domesticated houseplant, rubber plants grow anywhere between six to ten feet tall.

Light

Give your rubber plant a well lit spot with some indirect sun

Water:

During the growing season, rubber plants need to be watered about once every week. During the dormant season, your plant may only need water once or twice a month.

Pet Friendly:

Yes. Rubber plants are nontoxic to pets, it can cause mild stomach discomfort if ingested