With thick, waxy, glossy leaves in deep and vibrant shades of green, the Rubber Tree is a tropical rainforest plant that adapts surprisingly well to indoor conditions. Its fast-growing nature makes it a very dramatic and impactful plant, especially if you look after it well.
Here’s what you need to know to care for your Rubber Tree.
Your Rubber Tree will do best when given bright but indirect sunlight, since direct sun can burn its leaves. A sunny windowsill with a sheer curtain is the perfect spot for a Rubber Tree. The more variegated your Rubber Tree’s leaves are, the more light it will need to maintain those colors.
Although your Rubber Tree will tolerate temperatures down to about 50°F in the winter months, try to keep its temperature consistent, at somewhere between 60-75°F. Any temperature changes should be gradual - try not to expose your plant to sudden temperature fluctuations.
The Rubber Tree prefers moist soil, especially during the warmer months. However, it hates being overwatered, so allow the top half of the soil to dry out in between waterings. Make sure that you water your Rubber Tree at its base - if too much water splashes up onto the foliage, those beautiful leaves could end up stained.
Your Rubber Tree will tolerate standard household humidity levels. However, it will
thrive when given some extra humidity, so give its leaves a mist every week or two.
Although a fertilizer isn’t essential, feeding your rubber tree with a balanced, all-purpose liquid fertilizer during the warmer months will encourage bigger and glossier leaves. Do this every 3-4 weeks in the spring and summer.
The Rubber Tree is toxic when ingested, so keep it away from kids and pets. The
plant’s sap can also be irritating if it comes into contact with the skin, so be careful when handling it.
Extra Care Tips:
• Rubber Tree leaves can quickly accumulate dust. Use a damp cloth to regularly wipe this off in order to help your plant properly photosynthesize.
• Dropping or droopy leaves are a sign that your Rubber Tree needs more water.
• Since it’s a fast grower, you will need to repot your Rubber Tree every 1 to 2 years. However, if you don’t want it to grow any larger, then keep its new pot the same size as its old one.