Rubber Plant

Rubber plant is characterized by its thick, leathery leaves. See more pictures of house plants.

Rubber plant requires plenty of light to thrive but can survive in less than ideal conditions for a while.

The rubber plant produces large, oblong, thick, leathery, dark green leaves, often with a red mid-vein. Many cultivars with variegated foliage are available. Although usually seen with a single trunk, the rubber plant can be pinched back and encouraged to branch.


This plant can survive for long periods of time in low light, but it begins to lose its lower leaves. Since these are never replaced, it is better to consider the rubber plant as one requiring high light.

Rubber Plant Quick Facts

Scientific Name: Ficus elastica

Common Name: Rubber Plant


Light Requirement for Rubber Plant: Full Sun to Bright Light

Water Requirement for Rubber Plant: Drench, Let Dry

Humidity for Rubber Plant: Average Home

Temperature for Rubber Plant: House

Fertilizer for Rubber Plant: Balanced

Potting Mix for Rubber Plant: All-Purpose

Propagation of Rubber Plant: Air Layering, Stem Cuttings

Decorative Use for Rubber Plant: Floor, Table

Care Rating for Rubber Plant: Demanding


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