Whether you want a small to medium sized plant for your coffee table or a giant tree-like stunner to take front and centre, the rubber plant is the perfect house plant. Starting out with a younger plant will mean it can adjust to indoor conditions much easier and grow into a big daddy within a few years (unless you keep the pot size relatively small).
Difficulty level – easy
Bright, indirect sunlight. If you can move it outside to a shady spot in summer, even better because it will speed up the growth rate. You will know pretty quick if it’s not getting enough light as it becomes leggy, its leaves lose their lustre, and the lower leaves fall off.
In the growing season (summer), the plant should be kept moist. This includes wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or even misting them. During the dormant season, your plant may only need water once or twice a month. Watch for droopy leaves, which indicate a need for more water. Leaves that turn yellow and/or brown and drop off signal over-watering.
Feed with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first six months). During the warmer months, the rubber plant likes a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) monthly, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch it grow to tree proportions.
Toxic to cats and dogs.