- Botanical Name: Ficus elastica
- Common Name(s): Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig
- Description: Native to India and Southeast Asia, the Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' is perfect for those looking for a small indoor tree with thick, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves and pink to purplish stipules. In the wild, it grows up to around 200ft tall, and its roots are used in India to form living bridges. It won't do well in low light spaces, so place in bright indirect light. Water to keep soil moist at all times. Ficus elastica is a source of latex that is toxic to the skin, and poisonous if taken internally, so pet-owners and those allergic to latex should be cautious.
- Care: Bright or indirect sunlight in order for their leaves to remain variegated. However, avoid direct sunlight to prevent sunburn.
Water sparingly every 7-10 days and leave the soil to dry in between waterings. Only water when the soil is dry to the touch.
Well-Drained, yet lightly moist at all times soil.
This plant thrives in temperatures of 60°F-80°F. It is vital to ensure the room temperature does not fall below 60°F.
This plant should be fertilized once during the growing season (spring/summer) with diluted houseplant fertilizer.
This plant is mildly toxic, so keep it out of reach of pets and children.