What is this plant and how do you look after it?

Sian87May 1, 2014

Hi everyone,
My boyfriend and I just inherited some plants from a neighbour who was moving out. However we don't know what there are or how to take care of them. Could you help?
Thanks so much,

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That's a ficus elastica, aka "rubber tree."
I've never grown one myself, so I can't tell you what they like, but you should be able to find some info now that you know the name.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 4:01PM
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Thank you for your help!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 8:01PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Has it been grown indoors or outside? It can be grown outdoors in tropical or subtropical areas. Can take a LOT of sun if it has been hardened off properly.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 9:49PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It looks like it might be covered with dust. If so, clean it up. A layer of dust blocks an enormous amount of light. :-)

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 10:16PM
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You can hose it down to get rid of the dust and clean up the leaves. Make sure the soil is light and fast draining. They can take drying out better than they can take waterlogging.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 10:27PM
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I second the too moist soil. If your lower leaves begin to drop-too much water and not enough light.


    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 10:31PM
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Yes, Rubber Plants can tolerate as much sun as you can give them. They just need time to adapt.
At one point, I let mine stay outdoors for the summer and I let it grow in full hot southern sun. It loved it and grew quickly with the warmth, sun, and humidity.

Nowadays I don't put my plants outside anymore. The rubber plant now gets a southern window. I water it when the soil completely dries out. It's pretty easy to care for.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 12:13AM
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