Rubber Plants - What's Not to Love?
Its funny, sometimes when chatting to customers in our store about Rubber Plants they say, "oh wow, is that made of rubber? It looks so real!" And funnily enough, I totally get it...their leaves are so perfectly structured and shiny they could be mistaken for something fake.
So let just clarify first, they are real, they are not made of rubber :) And contrary to what you might believe they come in so many different colours and varieties. There's 'Audrey', "Lemon & Lime', 'Ruby" and 'Robusta'....all pretty in their own right but just comes down to personal preference and what suits the aesthetics of your space.
The Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree acquired its nickname because its sap produces a type of latex that was once used to make rubber. And as much I could tell you how much I love them and that I've never had any issue with them....that sap is considered toxic if you have a pooch that likes to nibble plants or in fact small children that might do the same.
So that's first and foremost, safety. And I don't want to scare you off...these are one of the worlds most popular plants so any of that scary stuff is super rare. But hey, it's my duty to mention it and it would be remiss of me if I didn't. So there you have it. We find that puppies and cats are probably the order culprits when it comes to nibbling plants so have as look at our pet friendly options.
I'm a massive fan of these plants as they come in so many different varieties and colours and they are seriously easy to care for. I mean, let's be honest....who wants high maintenance plants all day every day? Not me, I've already got 2 human babies that fulfil that role thank you very much.
So, what do they like? What makes them happy?
Rubber Plants love natural light and this is where they will thrive. However they will tolerate that space in the middle of the house that gets a bit of natural light but not stacks. We definitely don't recommend them for low light situations...low light will cause their leaves to droop and possibly drop right off.
So the key with the Rubber Plant, after finding the right light position, is the watering. This is the crucial bit. Life or death situation....water.
The quickest way to kill your new Rubber Plant is to water her every week. Rubber Plants like to dry out, all the way through the soil before watering again. So depending on your pot size this will vary, the smaller the pot the quicker it takes for the water to evaporate so a small plant will require watering more frequently than a big one. I have a beautiful big Rubber in a 30cm pot about 1m tall in a very bright spot with load s of natural light and water her about every 2-3 weeks in Spring and Summer which is the growing season here in Australia.
THE 'HOW TO'....WATER
Watering technique is a make or break as far as we are concerned and we always recommend our bucket soak technique for plants like this and also the Fiddle Leaf Fig that have a heavy root system - view it HERE.
Tipping a cup of water on your plants here or there is a number one killer...stop that immediately, please and thank you :)
Now let's talk about that pot for a sec, we recommend always keeping plants in their plastic growers pot so that you can lift them easily for watering and can always judge your plants' water retention by its weight. Planted directly in to a big heavy ceramic pot means you have no idea of how much water is pooling in the bottom, you can't lift it for watering and the water generally pools in the bottom without you even knowing. A Rubber Plants worst nightmare.
So which one is your fave? They make such a beautiful statement plant and perfect for anyone starting out their plant journey or a long time plant parent looking to add some pizzaz.
Thanks for reading x
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