Rubber Ficus Elastica Decora - Ruby
+ Comes in a 6" pot.
Native to India and Malaysia, it's revered for its tri-colored variegated leaves, which resemble modern day camouflage print. The Ruby has distinct reddish-pink tones, while the Tineke has yellow-green tones.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Moraceae / Ficus
Ficus Elastica Ruby / Variegated Rubber Tree / Rubber Plant / Ficus Elastica / Rubber Bush / Indian rubber bush
This is inevitably a tree, so it can get up to 60 feet tall if given the right parameters (which most indoor pots do not have). One may see their indoor rubber tree grow upwards of 6 feet in length. If a desired height is reached by one's rubber tree, a way to stunt its growth is to cut its top off, which will effectively stop it from growing any taller.
This plant prefers temperatures in the 60-75 degree range. Keep away from drafty locations.
Bright indirect light, direct sun can scorch its leaves. The tri-color rubber plant variety requires sunlight to maintain its leaf variegation.
The Ficus Elastica likes to have its soil slightly damp at all times. Never let it completely dry out, but at the same time, do not overwater this as this will lead to rot. Weekly watering routine is recommended, but may need less during the winter. It also likes a good bath to wash any dust off of its leaves, but depending on your water quality, this may lead to water spots; you can also do a wipe down with a soft cloth or sponge.
A well- draining and well-aerated potting soil is needed. Recommended to use equal parts peat, bark, and perlite (or sand).
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, rubber plants are capable of producing flowers, and subsequently small fruit (akin to a fig), but rarely does this happen to rubber plants kept indoors. The colorful sheath that one sees sprouting from the stem, is not actually the flower, but a new leaf ready to make its debut. This sheath will eventually fall off the plant once the leaf has emerged.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
Yes. While some rubber plants are not toxic, the Ficus Elastica can cause nausea, vomiting, and disorientation if ingested.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes, but is considered a difficult plant to propagate by stem cuttings. You will need to take a cutting and let the sap dry out (recommended 1 hour), before dipping it in rooting soil and placing it in soil. The tricky part is it is recommended to heat the bottom of the pot (via heating pad or the like) to be around 70 degrees (before placing the soil and the stem cutting in there).
Common Pests: Spider mites, Mealy and Scale like to go to chow town on the Rubber plants. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity amongst the leaves / Common problems: make sure to rotate your ficus periodically, so it can have an even growth pattern around its form.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.