Ruby Rubber Tree
I'm Ruby Rubber Tree. My large, strawberry-colored leaves are the perfect pop of color amongst those other green plants of yours. I look great in just about any room but make sure I get enough bright light to keep my beautiful variegated colors. I'm the perfect choice for someone with a loving home to provide me with a lot of light, good humidity, and can give me a consistent watering schedule. My large leaves will soak up carbon dioxide in your home leaving you with clean & purified air as my gift to you.
Difficulty Level: low maintenance and easy to care for
Light Needed: bright, indirect light
Water: water when the top of the soil dries
Plant Traits: air purifying, easy indoor plant
The Ruby Rubber Tree is a full plant that has large, almond-shaped leaves that are variegated with shades of strawberry pink, green, and cream. It is the perfect plant for a bright spot in your home. It is a strong and sturdy tree that can be used as a decorative plant or accent to your space. While it can reach heights of almost 40' in its natural habitat, it typically will not get much larger than 8' tall in your home. The large leaves convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, absorb harmful air pollutants, and eliminate mold spores and bacteria in the air.
Botanical Name: Ficus elastica "Ruby"
Nicknames: Ruby Rubber Tree, Pink Rubber Tree, Rubber Plant, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush, Indian Rubber Tree
Plant Type: Tree
Native To: India and South America
Mature Size: Up to 8' tall indoors
Leaf Color: Pink, green, cream
Leaf Shape: Almond-shaped
Growing Season: Summer
Favorite Rooms: Living room
Health Benefits: Converts carbon dioxide into oxygen and purifies the air of toxins
Grow Pot Size: 6" wide x 5" tall
Healthy & happy plant in premium soil
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Biodegradable grow pot (6" x 5") or Eco-Friendly Root Pouch (1 gallon)
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BIODEGRADABLE GROW POT
Our biodegradable grow pots are made of 50% sphagnum peat, wood fiber and lime to adjust the pH. The peat content provides a combination of superior root penetration, good drainage and aeration whilst the wood fibers strengthen the pot.
Designed for easy transplant. They are 100% compostable and approved for organic production. Simply place the entire biodegradable pot into your planter and the roots of your plant will soon grow through and decompose the pot.
ECO-FRIENDLY ROOT POUCH
Our recycled & semi-degradable eco-friendly fabric bags are made from a mix all natural fibers and recycled plastic water bottles saved from landfills. The breathable fabric allows for your plants to stay cool in the summer and provides good drainage to avoid overwatering. They provide a healthy environment for your plant to grow by pruning the roots and creating dense, healthy root structures.
These fabric bags are washable and recyclable. It will take 1-2 years for the bags to semi degrade. Use your fabric bag as a decorative planter and remove from the bag when it is time to repot. This planter is designed by Root Pouch.
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This plant will thrive best with bright, indirect light to help develop the beautiful, pink shaded leaves. While it can tolerate lower light conditions, it needs more light in order to keep its variegation. It is recommend to keep out of direct sunlight.
In summer, water about once a week to keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy. In cooler months, wait until the top of the soil gets dry and then give the plant a deep, thorough soak allowing water to drip out into the saucer. Be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes.
Standard household temperatures are fine for this plant, ideally around 65°F -75°F. Avoid sudden temperature drops and levels below 55°F. This plant enjoy a humid space, so mist the leaves especially if the air in your home is dry or during the hot summer months.
This plant can typically grow to be up to 6'-8' tall indoors. To promote growth, feed your plant once a month from spring - summer with a well-balanced fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter months.
Repotting your rubber tree is essential to allow the plant to grow. It is a fast growing plant so consider repotting every couple of years during spring to allow for new growth or when the roots are pot bound. Choose a new pot that is only 1" larger in size each time you repot and use a well-draining potting mix.
This plant is difficult to propagate but not impossible. To do so, take a stem cutting that is only a few inches long and set aside in a place for the sap to dry for about an hour. After an hour, mix rooting hormone in your potting mix and give each cutting its own pot to grow. Placing a heating pad under the pot will help with success.
Rubber trees are mildly toxic to humans and pets.