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Rubber Plant

Ficus Elastica

From £10.00

With its thick large leaves, the Rubber Plant is perfect for those needing an easy-care showstopper! Native to a number of regions around the equator, this rugged indoor plant is perfect for those who are not so green fingered. Simply buy your ficus elastic, get it delivered to your door, and follow our simple plant-care guide for fantastic growing results.

 

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About Rubber Plant

Botanical Name
Ficus Elastica
Common Names
Rubber Plant
Plant Height
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Nursery Pot Size
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Air Purification Qualities
Yes
Child & Pet Safe?
Toxic to humans and pets. Beware if you have children or pets in the house as this plant is classified as poisonous; if parts of the plants are eaten, vomiting, nausea and a loss of appetite could occur. Consumption of large quantities must be dealt with quickly; acquire medical assistance for further information. The sap can also cause dermatitis and skin allergy to sensitive individuals, so be sure to wear gloves when handling.

Given the botanical name ‘Ficus Elastica’, the Rubber Plant can be naturally found in areas all across the equator. Amazingly, it is believed to be the first deliberately bred species for agriculture in the Middle East 11,000 years ago!!! Its milky white sap was used for latex, which in turn enabled industrialists to fabricate rubber roughly 200 years ago. To go alongside this rugged plant, why not match your ficus elastica with one of our Bettona stone ceramic pots?

The rubber plant can also purify the air in your home! Converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, this indoor plant is fantastic for these wanting cleaner air in their home or workspace. Improve your physical and mental health with a ficus elastica!

This easy-care plant is ideal for those new to gardening and horticulture. Simply water your indoor plant bi-weekly and place it in a bright spot (out of direct sunlight) and you’re ready to go! For best results, we suggest you avoid over-watering and supplement your soil with fertiliser during its growing season.

Top tips for your Rubber Plant:

  • This hardy plant will be able to thrive in a number of different light conditions!
  • If you’re something of a seasoned grower, why don’t you try propagating?
  • If your leaves are beginning to look a little dusty, be sure to give them a quick mist.
  • Fancy conducting some more research? We found Gardening Know How’s article to be of real help.

 

Please note: this product DOES NOT include a pot. Browse our entire range of indoor pots, or choose between our ceramic pots or self-watering plant pots.

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

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How To Care For Rubber Plant

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Watering

Less is more with Rubber Plants, so only water the soil once the top half dries out, feeling the pot’s weight for confirmation. Reduce this in the colder months to replicate its dormancy period and to avoid over-watering. Don’t have anything to water with? Try one of our watering cans!

Light & Location

Similarly to most other houseplants, ‘bright, indirect light is best for quality growth. Specimens placed in darker locations will lose their patterns (if variegated), along with the increased chance of root rot and stalled growth.

Humidity

This plant thrives in a stable, humid environment, so mist fairly frequently for great success. If you don’t have anything to mist with, invest in one of our luxury water misters.

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Soil

It may be wise to invest in well-draining soil for your Ficus Elastica. Rubber plants really hate presiding in water-logged soil!

Fertiliser

Give your rubber plant a boost during spring and summer by adding plant fertiliser fortnightly. We recommend you use some well-balanced, slow-release, fertiliser. Something like Miracle-Gro Push Feed All Purpose.

Pests and Diseases

As with any plant, your Ficus Elastica may become susceptible to pests and little critters such as mealybugs, scales, and spider mites. If this occurs, we have the perfect solution. Simply order one of our unique natural insecticides (neem oil) and treat until resolved!

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Repotting

If your rubber plant is on the smaller side (0-30cm) take a look at your plant’s roots every six months. If the roots are touching the sides of your nursery pot, it is time for a new planter! If your plant is well established (80-100cm), check the roots every other year and follow the same procedure as with smaller plants. Have you seen our extensive range of glazed ceramic pots?

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Delivery & Returns

Buy your plants online and get hassle-free delivery direct to your door.

We ensure you’re always happy with your purchase, so if you’re plant or pot is damaged or not quite up to scratch upon arrival, simply email hello@oxy-plants.com and we’ll process your complaint accordingly and offer a replacement, return or refund in most cases.

Delivery costs are calculated whilst you are in your basket, or during checkout. The calculation is based on the size and weight of the items which are being shipped. Any items which are classed as XL can only be shipped on a standard service unfortunately.

Or, if you live locally and would prefer to avoid paying the delivery fee, you are welcome to come pick up your parcel from us in Bolton.

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