How to Take Care of a Sylvie Ficus Plant


Ficus elastica, or the rubber tree as it is more commonly called, is popularly grown as an indoor houseplant, according to information published by the University of Florida. Sylvie is a cultivar of Ficus elastica that features variegated leaves with dark green markings surrounded by creamy yellow margins. Desirable for their ability to thrive in most conditions and for their distinctive thick, rubbery leaves, ficus plants are easy to grow, making them the perfect choice for both beginning and experienced home gardeners.

Step 1

Provide well-draining, loamy soil for your Sylvie ficus. Well-draining potting soil usually contains some coarse sand, perlite or peat moss. Choose a container that has drainage holes as well.

Step 2

Place your Sylvie ficus plant where it will receive either full sun or partial shade. This plant will grow equally well in both instances, according to the University of Florida.

Step 3

Water your Sylvie ficus plant only when the soil becomes quite dry. This plant is drought tolerant and prefers dry conditions over overly wet soil, according to the University of Florida. Too much water in the soil can lead to root rot, a fungal disease that will destroy the roots of your Sylvie ficus.

Step 4

Feed your Sylvie ficus once each month during the growing season (spring through summer) with a fertilizer formulated for foliage houseplants.

Step 5

Keep the plant in a warm location and away from hot or cold drafts. The leaves of your Sylvie ficus will become damaged with prolonged exposure to temperatures under 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-draining soil
  • Watering tool
  • Fertilizer for foliage houseplants


  • University of Florida: Ficus Elastica
  • Free Patents Online: Ficus elastica plant named Sylvie
  • Desert Tropicals: Ficus Elastica

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum USDA Plant Hardiness Zones Map
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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.