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Chroma Robusta Rubber Plant Ficus elastica

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Exposure
  • Medium
  • High

Low - No direct sun, not near a window. Medium - Medium bright indirect light in the AM or PM, typically from an east or west window. High - Bright direct or indirect light for much of the day, typically from a south window.

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    Features

    The classic Ficus elastica 'Robusta' is a staple in any houseplant collection. This tree is often abused indoors and kept in conditions that are much too dim. The truth is that these plants need bright light to thrive. In nature they can reach giant proportions. Under good care, don't be surprised when your plant reaches your ceiling and you'll have to prune it back. The dark green, glossy foliage is a delight!

    Adaptable As Houseplant
    Foliage Interest
    Harmful To: 
    Pets

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Houseplant
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Height: 
    48 - 120 Inches
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Glossy, dark green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    High
    Light Requirement: 
    Medium
    Maintenance Category: 
    Moderate
    Preferred Temperature: 
    60 - 85 °F
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Humidity Preference: 
    Medium
    Humidity Preference: 
    High
    Container Soil Type: 
    Indoor Potting Mix
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Bright Spaces
    Uses: 
    Desktops
    Uses Notes: 

    Not for human or animal consumption.

    Maintenance Notes: 
    • For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
    • Protect furniture when watering.
    • Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.
    • If you would like a bushier plant, prune your plant to promote branching.  The plant exudes a white, milky sap when pruned or broken, so if your skin comes in contact with it, wash your hands immediately.
    • These are NOT low light plants and need to be right in front of a window for best results.  Some direct sun is beneficial (east or west window) and they can even grow in your sunniest window.  
    • Allow the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out before watering again.  
    • Use a well-draining potting mix.  Adding perlite and orchid bark will improve drainage.
    • Never allow to sit in standing water. 
    • As with any Ficus, avoid any drafty areas and avoid placing near cooling and heating vents or the plant may drop its leaves.  
    • The broad leaves will get very dusty, so use a duster to clean the leaves, wipe with a damp sponge, or rinse the leaves off.
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