Ficus elastica 'Robusta'
From the Ornamental Fig family, the rubberplant has been a popular houseplant from the Victorian times, but now there are newer and better varieties like this form with larger, and wider glossy leaves. Although we recommend that it is grown in bright but indirect light, rubberplants will tolerate a couple of hours of morning sunshine.
pot size: 12cm
Light conditions: indirect, bright light (for example not on a windowsill that gets direct sun at any point in the day)
Neediness: relatively easy to care for and forgiving of non-intentional neglect, however it's large waxy leaves need occasional dusting with a damp cloth and avoid overwatering.
Watering: Water weekly throughout the warmer months but only if the soil is dry to touch - get it wrong and this plant will let you know by dropping its leaves. Water less frequently during the cooler months.
Ideal location: bedrooms, living rooms, corridors and studies
Rate of growth: fast growing, in the right conditions. You can expect a height of 3m for a well-cared (and not regularly pruned) Ficus Elastica Robusta. Constant pruning will help encourage new growth off the sides of the central stem.
Temperature: keep at normal room temperature, avoid cold draughts and sudden changes in temperature. Do not allow the temperature to drop below 12°C during the winter months.
Pets: this plant is toxic to cats and dogs.
Also known as: Ficus Elastica Robusta
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