Is there an ideal houseplant? One thing straightforward to take care of, can develop for years and has a timeless magnificence? I feel the rubber tree ticks all of these containers. This tree has shiny, thick leaves and makes fairly an impression in any room.
My favourite rubber tree is in a scene from the film Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn. Within the scene, they’re having a lavish occasion and there’s a stunning, tall rubber tree within the room. That rubber tree is unquestionably a plant aim for me.
Perhaps sometime mine will get that massive and delightful! With correct care, the tree can attain as much as 10 ft tall (generally taller) indoors!
The rubber tree is also called the Ficus Elastica and comes from India and components of tropical Asia. The shiny, leathery leaves give this plant a definite look. There may be actually nothing prefer it! The rubber tree has a beautiful form and is a superb choice for anybody who loves houseplants.
Whenever you convey residence a brand new rubber tree, right here are some things to think about with reference to potting it. It’d look like a good suggestion to place your plant in a giant pot so it has a lot of room to develop, however the rubber tree prefers to be a bit crowded in a pot.
Attempt to decide on a pot that offers about 2 inches of soil round the entire diameter. It will give your plant loads of room to develop and thrive. When selecting a pot, earthenware is all the time an awesome choice. Unglazed earthenware permits the moisture within the dust to evaporate out of the pot and dry out sooner.
A glazed earthenware pot won’t have the identical skills to let the moisture come out. I exploit each sorts of pots however a very vital facet of the pot is to ensure it has a drainage gap so water has a technique to escape (sitting water will most undoubtedly kill your rubber tree).
Upon getting your pot discovered, it’s time to consider soil. The rubber tree likes nicely draining soil. An all-purpose indoor combine works nice, however I add some additional perlite to provide the soil extra aeration.
Perlite is an natural materials that comes from volcanic eruptions and yow will discover it at most backyard shops. Scoop a few of your potting combine and place it on the underside of the pot. Then, put your plant in in order that it sits about 3 inches below the highest pot.
Fill in the remainder of the dust, ensuring your plant stays good and straight. Use your hand to maneuver dust down as you progress across the pot. As soon as the perimeters are stuffed, place a small layer of dust excessive of your plant.
As soon as the plant is potted, place it within the spot you plan to depart it (rubber bushes don’t like change). Repotting can generally make your plant drop leaves, so if this occurs, don’t fret … it’s simply getting used to its new atmosphere.
A interval of relaxation is important on your rubber tree as soon as it’s been repotted and positioned in a brand new spot. Unsure about the most effective spot to place your plant?
This plant likes to drink up the sunshine, so placement in your house is essential to take care of a wholesome plant. The very first thing when selecting a spot is to guarantee that it doesn’t have a draft, isn’t close to a vent, or has an AC unit blowing on it.
The plant will almost certainly drop leaves (or it might probably die) whether it is close to a draft. The rubber bushes thrive on an indoor temperature of 60-70 levels Fahrenheit. Discover a place in your house with medium to brilliant mild. Brighter mild will assist your plant develop sooner.
If you happen to put it in a darker spot of a room it might probably turn into “leggy” because it tries to stretch towards the sunshine. In case your plant is “reaching” then simply place it in a brighter spot. The rubber tree has some stunning variegated species that do require extra mild.
The tricolor variegated species has inexperienced, white and pink in its leaves. The white within the leaf requires extra mild on account of lack of chlorophyll ranges. They will “burn” simply so control the leaves.
They may inform you if they’re getting an excessive amount of mild. If there may be any brown on the tip (burning), which means there may be an excessive amount of mild hitting your variegated plant.
Again to the non-variegated rubber tree. What if you happen to don’t have nice window mild otherwise you’re frightened about your room being too darkish? Putting a mirror by the plant will assist bounce extra mild onto your plant.
One other tip to create a brighter atmosphere is a white room. White paint will bounce extra mild round! Appears so easy, nevertheless it actually is efficient in serving to with a low mild state of affairs in a room.
If you wish to get most mild in your rubber tree, then be certain that the leaves are freed from mud. I’ve discovered that the rubber tree can get fairly dusty, so examine the leaves each few weeks for mud buildup.
If there may be mud current, then a humid fabric will work nice to take away it. When dusting the rubber tree, watch out with new leaves. The brand new, skinny leaves are very fragile and if broken whereas they’re younger, then the injury will keep on the leaf its entire life.
When dusting mature leaves, ensure you place your hand below the leaf for help. Further stress on the leaf may trigger it to snap whereas dusting. This has occurred to me earlier than and it’s fairly unhappy.
When it snaps, there will likely be a white sap-like liquid that comes from the leaf the place it was indifferent from the department. It’s utterly regular however it might probably irritate some individuals’s pores and skin, so wash arms simply in case it will get in your pores and skin.
Discovering a constant watering rhythm on your tree will assist provide the confidence it is advisable to maintain your plant alive and wholesome for years to return. If the leaves begin to droop a bit, then you recognize your plant could be very thirsty.
Rubber bushes prefer to dry out however they don’t prefer to turn into bone dry. One other technique to inform in case your plant is de facto thirsty is whenever you’re watering and the water runs out rapidly via the soil. Soil with extra moisture will take longer to empty. If the water runs straight via, then give it one other good soak.
The rubber tree enjoys beneficiant watering however be certain that it has time to dry out to keep away from root rot (this occurs when the plant is waterlogged or if it sits in water too lengthy).
If root rot occurs. then your plant doesn’t have an awesome probability of residing anymore, so keep away from overwatering in any respect prices. As a rule of thumb, let the highest 2/3 of your plant’s soil dry out earlier than watering your rubber tree once more.
You may also stick your finger within the soil 3-4 inches) and really feel if there may be any moisture or choose up the pot and really feel if the publish is heavy from holding moisture. After watering your rubber tree, if any water drains into your saucer, discard the additional water so the plant doesn’t sit in water and get root rot.
Watering period will rely in your local weather and humidity ranges. If you happen to dwell in a drier local weather, then your plant will must be watered extra regularly. As soon as you determine your plant’s rhythm/period of drying out, a watering routine ought to be very easy to stick to. This plant loves consistency and can develop higher with a gradual routine.
The rubber tree can develop tall if left unpruned. If left unpruned, your tree can have one lengthy trunk. If that is your required look, then nice! It will make your tree develop vertical sooner!
If you happen to’d prefer to have extra of a “bushy” tree, then you should utilize your fingers and pinch off a brand new rising tip to advertise the plant to create extra branches.
If you happen to snip or prune a department, then that half will cut up into two branches as soon as the brand new development is available in. Pruning is an thrilling behavior that produces nice outcomes over time.
The rubber tree likes to be fed with fertilizer to advertise development. Fertilize your tree within the spring/summer time (the rising season), however again off within the fall/winter months. Fertilizing your plant each different watering session is an effective rule of thumb.
I really like utilizing a liquid fertilizer that I can add to my water.
Figuring out my fertilizer is a liquid provides me the peace of thoughts that the fertilizer is evenly distributed all through the water (not like granules or a powder combine). When selecting fertilizer, it can have three letters on the package deal: NPK.
The “N” stands for Nitrogen. Nitrogen helps with chlorophyll manufacturing, which results in photosynthesis, which results in a much bigger, more healthy plant! The “P” stands for Phosphorus. Phosphorus helps with retaining the roots of your plant wholesome and promotes root development.
The final letter “Ok” stands for Potassium. Potassium helps your plant distribute vitamins. It additionally helps your plant struggle off illness. Consider it as an immunity booster on your plant! A normal fertilizer for houseplants will work nice on your rubber tree.
Be sure to learn the label of your fertilizer and observe the directions. I like utilizing half of the really helpful fertilizer quantity with the rubber tree. Utilizing an excessive amount of fertilizer may cause your plant to burn.
Burning signifies that too many vitamins have been saved within the root system and so they can not settle for/soak up water anymore. If there’s a probability that your plant has had an excessive amount of fertilizer then give it a superb watering to flush the roots. Don’t fertilize the following week in order that your plant has time to get well and relaxation.
What if Your Rubber Tree is Dropping Leaves?
Whenever you repot your rubber tree or transfer it, it is extremely widespread for it to drop a few leaves on account of shock. Previous leaves will fall off right here and there as they age out as nicely. That is completely regular!
What in case your rubber tree drops a bunch of leaves on the identical time? This isn’t regular and it might be on account of overwatering or different points. In case your tree’s leaves start to droop, flip yellow and ultimately fall off, then that is almost certainly on account of overwatering.
The yellowing of the leaves known as Chlorosis. Chlorosis signifies that chlorophyll will not be forming in your plant. It’s wonderful that crops can inform you what they want via their coloration.
In case your leaf is popping yellow, it’s possible a name for assist. Again off watering and ensure your plant is drying out between watering in order that it doesn’t get waterlogged.
If it continues to occur, pop your plant out of the pot and examine for root rot. The quickest technique to inform in case your plant has succumbed to root rot is discovering mushy, black or darkish roots. If you happen to see this, generally your plant may be saved however there’s a probability the roots are completed and the plant gained’t make it.
If you happen to can, snip the useless roots out of the foundation system and place the plant in a pot of contemporary soil (not the waterlogged soil from the earlier pot). Give your plant a while and hopefully it can come again to life!
Another excuse your plant’s leaves might be turning yellow is a scarcity of sunshine. If so, then set your plant in a brighter spot so it might probably absorb extra solar. The solar is like drugs on your plant and this might treatment your leaf drop drawback. Additionally, be certain that the plant will not be close to a draft as this may also trigger the leaves to drop.
The rubber tree’s temperament is fairly easygoing and it’s a welcome boost to any plant lover’s residence. I hope the following tips assist and also you’re capable of get pleasure from your rubber tree for years to return! -Janae