Does anybody know what type of plant i have?

biscuit135July 16, 2014

Hey guys!

I am fairly new to owning plants and this little guy was the first one that i brought about 6 months ago, the problem is it aid it was a snake plant but im pretty sure now that this is not a snake plant... I think it may be a Ficus from research but thats about all i got. I would really appreciate if anybody could inform me aswell as providing details for care?

Cheers! :)

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

You have a rubber tree, a Ficus

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 3:01PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

More specifically a Ficus elastica, you can likely find lots of care info. now that you've got a complete & specific name for it.

PS: Sorry, but I don't grow this, so I can't suggest care, but pls. give this a couple of days time & others who do grow it will come along & help.

This post was edited by pirate_girl on Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 23:05

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 6:33PM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

My rubber tree is pretty happy in a south facing window with ample direct sun (but please provide air movement or else it burns). I water it when potting media dries almost completely. I fertilize every 2 weeks. You can also put it outside for summer if you have a garden.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:48AM
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lauraeli_

Most rubber trees are grown in low light/bright light, I believe. They dont need any direct sun to flourish. Like most house plants, morning sun is tolerated well.

I have known house plants (rubber trees) to tolerate dark corners and drought. My sister has a brown thumb. But she has had a rubber tree and a lemon-lime dracaena for a long time. She keeps her shades drawn for at least half the daylight hours, and waters occasionally. Im sure it could survive living with vampires. I know you could keep it alive.

This post was edited by Lauraeli on Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 15:33

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:13PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I believe the better care they get, the longer they keep their leaves, and the prettier they look..I dont reccomend direct sun as much as indirect light all day, maybe with morning direct sun..I will say they are very tolerant of bad conditions though, unlike their cousant, Ficus benjamina..

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 12:55PM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

They might tolerate shady spots but all ficus elasticas I've seen in dark corners got extremely leggy. IMO they do very well in bright light.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:51PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

"they do very well in bright light"

Notice you said bright not direct light, I agree with you on both points about too much shade and bright light, i dont agree that direct afternoon sun is 'always' good for them...........

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:15PM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

Allright, I agree.
Probably all day direct sun in Ireland means something totally different than in other places.
So I'd say, keep the plant wherever it's been beacuse it looks happy :)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 2:30PM
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