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Zoom Over 1 metre Ficus Elastica | Mid Century Lux
Zoom Over 1 metre Ficus Elastica | Mid Century Lux

Over 1 metre Ficus Elastica | Mid Century Lux


Ficus elastica, commonly known as the Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree, is a popular indoor plant known for its attractive, glossy leaves. Here's a profile of the Ficus elastica along with basic care guidelines:

Plant Profile:

  • Scientific Name: Ficus elastica
  • Pot Size: 300mm
  • Height: About a metre
  • Common Names: Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree
  • Origin: Native to Southeast Asia, including India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Basic Care Tips:

  1. Light: Ficus elastica thrives in bright, indirect light. While it can tolerate some direct sunlight, it's generally best to avoid harsh sun exposure, as it can scorch the leaves. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight or use sheer curtains to protect it from strong rays.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a consistent temperature between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid exposure to cold drafts, as these can harm the plant.

  3. Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out between waterings. Water your Rubber Plant thoroughly when the soil is slightly dry but not completely parched. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering.

  4. Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix that retains some moisture. A mix designed for houseplants or tropical plants is suitable.

  5. Container: Choose a pot with drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom. Ficus elastica prefers somewhat crowded roots, so pick a pot that is not excessively large.

  6. Fertilizing: Feed your Rubber Plant with a balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop feeding in the fall and winter when the plant's growth slows down.

  7. Pruning: Prune your Ficus elastica to maintain its desired shape and remove any leggy or yellowing growth. This helps to encourage a bushier appearance.

  8. Pests: Watch for common houseplant pests like spider mites and mealybugs. If you notice any infestations, treat your plant promptly with neem oil or insecticidal soap.

  9. Repotting: Repot your Rubber Plant every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its pot. Choose a slightly larger container, and refresh the potting mix.

Ficus elastica is a classic and low-maintenance indoor plant that can add a touch of greenery to your home or office. With proper care, it will reward you with its glossy, dark green leaves and can grow into an impressive, tall indoor tree over time.

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