Information on How to Care for Rubber Plants

Overview

Rubber plants earn their name because of their thick, rubbery foliage and are usually found growing in indoor or outdoor containers. There are several types of rubber plants, and depending on which type you own, they can range in color from burgundy to dark green and even variegated assortments. Some rubber plants can grow to a height of 5 feet or more and grow well in planting containers. Any rubber plant you choose to grow is sure to add life to your home.

Step 1

Select an area in or around your home that has plentiful sunlight. Although rubber plants can grow with little to no sun in proper temperature, rubber plants do enjoy warm sunlight.

Step 2

Plant the rubber tree into a planting container that has plenty drainage holes. Use moisture-retaining potting soil to fill the planting container and to help maintain good moisture content.

Step 3

Fill a drainage dish with small rocks or pebbles and place underneath the planting container. The small rocks or pebbles will keep the planting container out of the drained water and will help prevent water logged soil.

Step 4

Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch. When the planting soil is dry 1/2 to 1 inch deep, water the plant until the soil is moist again, but not soaked. Discard any excess water after it has drained into the container, advises Colorado State Extension.

Step 5

Fertilize the rubber plant bi-monthly to provide the plant with proper nutrients. Using an all-purpose plant food or house plant food should do the trick.

Step 6

Use sharp pruning shears to clip away any dead leaves that do not fall off on their own. Pulling away the leaves could easily damage the plant.

Tips and Warnings

  • Over-watering the plant can lead to water logged soil. When soil becomes water logged, the water can not drain easily from the planting container. This makes the perfect environment for bacteria and fungal growth, which can eventually cause plant death.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container with drainage holes
  • Moisture retaining potting soil
  • Drainage dish
  • Small rocks/pebbles
  • Water
  • House plant food
  • Sharp pruning shears

References

  • Plant Ideas: House Plant Index-Rubber Plants
  • Gardening Know How: How To Care For A Rubber Tree Plant
  • Colorado State University: Rubber Plants
Keywords: Rubber plant care, Growing rubber plants, Rubber plant growth

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.