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Ficus elastica (Rubber plant)

By June 30, 2013

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Ficus elasticaThe Ficus elastica is one of the plants where I actually prefer the smaller, houseplant version to the full-grown tree, which I think loses some of the impact of the plant's large, glossy leaves through sheer scale. Indoors, the key is to strike the right balance between water, light, and temperature and prevent leaf-drop.

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July 9, 2013 at 3:25 am
(1) Ted Davis says:

I had to chuckle Jon…I live in Thailand and I have never seen a rubber plant, anywhere here…For sure, I don’t think anyone will be growing full size rubber trees in the home as house palnts…Here in the rubber plantations, they grow to be 45′ tall…Cathedral ceiling maybe…? Anyway, nice to see some interesting articles and tid bits…It is ALL very informative. Thank you…Ted Davis, Chiang Rai, Thailand. (oh…I retired here from the states a few years ago.)

July 15, 2013 at 3:04 am
(2) house-plants.biz says:

I don’t think Jon’s planning to grow a full- size rubber tree at home) But still the plant looks really nice in its smaller version. Good luck, Jon

August 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(3) Jon says:

Ted, I had to chuckle too … I live in zone 10b in South Florida, where we have house-swallowing rubber trees on every other block. But I also grow them indoors in containers, especially in temperate regions where they won’t survive outdoors. You can stunt them by root-pruning and trim them down to size. You’d be surprised how long a rubber tree can survive like that–we had one growing up in my house that was a decade old.

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