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Scientific Name: Ficus elastica
Common Names: rubber fig, rubber bush, rubber tree, rubber plant, Indian rubber bush, Indian rubber tree
Ficus elastica is a beautiful, classic plant with large foliage and a huge growth pattern! Taking care of this plant is enormously rewarding - every new leaf is a thrill. Rubber trees require only modest care, and once you get it down, everything takes off fast!
This tree has an interesting number of utilitarian uses! Its sap produces a latex that can be used to make rubber (although the process is inefficient), and in some places in India, the roots of the plant are guided to grow over chasms and form living bridges! How cool is that?
Care for this plant is considered by many to be a little finicky, but in actuality it all comes down to a few simple points:
The best thing you can do for your rubber tree is just to give it a lot of routine care. Variables like irregular watering schedules, being moved from place to place frequently, and uncertain air temperatures are not a rubber tree’s friends. Stick to a grounded schedule, and even if it’s not perfect, it will damage the plant a lot less than an unpredictable care routine.
If you need any help with this plant, please feel free to contact us through any of our channels! We’re on standby for any questions you might have.