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Not pet friendly
Normal humidity levels
Rubber Plant Very tall (over 1m)
Rubber Plant with the scientific name Ficus elastic is usually known by the name of rubber tree, or India rubber fig. It is one of the most evergreen tree or shrub that has leathery and thick leaves. It can grow 5 inches wide and 12 inches long. When the tree is planted in its original location, it can grow for more than 100 ft. Because of its frost vulnerability, this rubber tree plant is usually grown as an indoor plant.
Is it Easy to Grow?
It is important for you to learn the basic process of growing this indoor rubber plant. There are some factors that you need to consider, but growing this type of indoor plant is not that difficult as you think.
The rubber plant is described as an indoor plant because of its frost vulnerability. But some people also plant this rubber plant outside of their houses.
This indoor rubber plant also requires you to give it the right amount of water. In terms of its growing season, you must maintain its moisture. You can water this rubber plant once or twice every week get your desired result from the plant.
If you are planning to grow an indoor rubber plant, it is good for you to know that this type of plant needs indirect to bright exposure to sunlight. I recommend you to place this rubber plant near your window with curtains. It will enable your rubber plant to receive the right amount of light they want.
This indoor rubber plant contains a white milky sap that consists of latex. Latex is one of the major ingredients of creating rubber. Because of its white milky sap, this indoor rubber plant is dangerous to your pets and children; keep an eye on them.
Which Room to Grow this Indoor Rubber Plant?
Indoor rubber plant prefers to grow in an area in your house that has a bright but indirect exposure to sunlight. The rubber plant will grow the best in your lounge.
This indoor rubber plant can filter the air you breathe. The leaves of this indoor plant will absorb the air contaminants that might be harmful to your health. This is a very effective and efficient indoor plant in filtering the air that you can grow.
Can it Grow in the Bedroom?
Indoor rubber plant can perfectly fit in any area in your house. You can place it in your bedroom, bathroom, or in your lounge.
Is it Toxic?
As mentioned earlier, this indoor rubber plant contains toxic chemicals that are dangerous for the health of your child and pet. It may cause skin irritations or stomach upset.
Since indoor rubber plant can filter the air inside your room, it only means that you can breathe fresher and cleaner air, being beneficial in your health.
Indoor rubber plants usually grow with a larger, leathery, and glossy leaves. Its leaves are in oval and oblong shapes. It can grow 8 to 12 inches in several colors of white, pink, cream, maroon with some touch of yellow and dark green.
This indoor rubber plant usually prefers to place in an area with bright to indirect exposure to sunlight. If you want to grow this rubber plant at its best, I recommend you to place it at an east side window for your plant to get the morning light exposure.
One of the no-gos of this indoor rubber plant is overwatering. Once it was overwatered, it will lead its roots to rot, leading your indoor plant to die.
How to Care
To make the rubber plant grow the best, you must feed it with a water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the spring season and twice a month during the summer season.