Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)

Rubber trees are a sure favourite as an indoor plant. They offer size, height and colour all wrapped up in the one plant. With large oval shaped leaves of varying colours and patterns, a rubber tree can provide an instant tropical feel.

Growing Conditions

Aspect Rubber trees prefer bright indirect light inside. Their ideal position for growth is on a patio in the shade.

Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.

Growing They will take off in spring and summer as this is their peak growing season.

Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)

General care

Watering Rubber trees must be allowed to completely dry out between watering. If it’s placed in a cover pot, remove it while watering. Let it drain completely before placing it back in the cover pot.

Potting. Keep in a plastic nursery pot and sit inside a cover pot unless growing outside.

Feeding A liquid or granular fertiliser can be used. Apply granular PowerFeed Controlled Release Pots & Plants for Indoor & Outdoors once every season. It combines a premium mix of nutrients, seaweed, and microbes for all plants in pots. Supplement or apply a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Pots & Planters or PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to autumn and less often in winter.

For a ready-to-use no mixing formula, apply PowerFeed Indoor & Potted Plants 1.25 Lt trigger spray to the soil. This easy-to-use liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner helps to improve your soil and feed your plants. Apply every 2 to 4 weeks during the growing season and monthly in winter if needed.

Watch out Do you have a sad looking rubber tree? These plants require high light levels so light would be the first issue to fix. Black blemishes on the leaf margins are a sign of too much water. This often indicates a low light issue at the same time.

Wipe leaves regularly to remove dust. Apply EarthCare White Oil insect spray as a leaf shiner.

Ficus can be problematic inside due to lower light conditions. An outside environment removes this problem and watering is no longer an issue when grown outside. Ficus can grow very quickly outside if given the space and pot size.