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Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

Ficus robusta

Also known as

India Rubber Fig 'Robusta', Fig

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica 'Robusta') 1 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

75cm

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica 'Robusta') 2
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Rubber Plant 'Robusta' Overview

Ficus robusta is a tender evergreen tree species from the Moraceae family. It produces oval, glossy, leathery, dark green leaves. This plant can produce oblong, yellow fruits from small white flowers with yellow centres. More often it's grown as a houseplant, rarely flowering or fruiting in household conditions. Ficus robusta wants to be in bright, indirect sunlight. Too much sun may harm the leaves, too little and your plant won't grow much! Place it somewhere it receives a couple of hours of direct sun at most. Rubber plants like a moist, freely draining potting mix, using sand or perlite to improve drainage. Check if it needs a drink regularly and water when the pot feels light. It does well with being a bit pot-bound, so keep this in mind when re-potting.

Common problems with Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

How to harvest Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

Layering

Propagate by air layering.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings or leaf-bud cuttings in spring or summer.

Seed

Propagate by seed in spring.

Special features of Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Rubber Plant 'Robusta'

Grown for their foliage and for shade.