Proper Care for a Rubber Tree Plant

Overview

Growing a rubber tree plant in your home can not only enhance the natural look of a room, but also add interest to the room with its large leaves and shaping. While some houseplants can be quite picky and responsive to a lack of care, the rubber tree plant is relatively easy to care for. When you first get your rubber tree plant is the best time to learn the proper care for it to give it a happy life in your home.

Step 1

Place your rubber tree in a sunny area of your home, but not in direct sunlight. Usually next to a window, but not in front of a window is best. The rubber tree prefers an air temperature between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and should be set where it will not become too hot.

Step 2

Water the plant weekly between late spring and early fall enough to moisten the soil well, but never leave the plant in standing water. From late fall to early spring you can taper off watering to only once or twice a month while the plant isn't actively growing.

Step 3

Look at the condition of your leaves to get a feel for the right quantity of water for your size rubber plant and pot. If the leaves are drooping, then they will need more water. If the leaves are turning brown or yellow and falling off, then you have been giving them too much water, so less water should be used each week.

Step 4

Fertilizer your rubber tree every two weeks with an all purpose houseplant fertilizer either in granule form or liquid. If you want to use plant spikes, be sure they are for foliage houseplants, not flowering.

Step 5

Dampen a paper towel or cloth with clean water to wipe dust away from the surface of the leaves. Wipe the leaves as often as needed to keep the dust away and the leaves looking shiny.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't re-pot your rubber tree often as the plant prefers, and grows best, when it is root bound. Try to only re-pot if the tree is off balance and a large pot is necessary to keep it upright.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Houseplant all purpose fertilizer
  • Paper towel or clean cloth
  • Hand pruners, as desired

References

  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual"; Barbara Pleasant; 2005
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.