FICUS RUBY RUBBER PLANT
This week we’re highlighting a plant that’s always the centre of attention in any room, the Ficus Ruby Rubber Plant! This showstopper has large, almond shaped leaves, in variegated hues of cream, green, burgundy, and ruby pink. As one of the most popular plants in the Ficus family, the Ruby Rubber plant has a lot to live up to and will definitely become a favourite of any plant collection. Any Ficus is great for purifying the air, and the Ruby Rubber Plant is no exception! This is one of the best plants for absorbing formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia, making it a great plant to have in your home.
Lighting + Temperature
One of the most important care tips for growing a happy ruby rubber plant is to have an adequate level of bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight will cause the leaves to burn, while too little light will cause the variegation to fade and lose its stunning colours. As a tropical plant, moderate humidity is essential, with 40% – 60% being the preferred level. Try and keep the plant in a room that’s fairly warm, and away from cold drafts!
Like most plants, Ruby Rubber Trees can be sensitive to both underwatering and overwatering. Not helpful right? When watering your Ruby, check to see that the top 2” – 3” of soil are dry, if it is dry, then you can know that it’s ready for a drink! Water evenly and drain off any excess water to help prevent root rot. During the active growing months (spring and summer) Ruby Rubber Plants will likely need to be watered once a week. Once winter hits, you can usually decrease watering to once every two weeks.
Soil + Repotting
Using a well-draining potting mix like our favourite Tropical Potting Soil is the best bet when planting a Ruby Rubber Plant. They need good drainage and aeration to grow strong roots and avoid root rot! Repot once every two years or when the roots are overgrown.
Overwatering is the biggest killer for a Ruby Rubber Plant, and usually causes falling and yellowing leaves. Cut off the damaged leaves and let the soil dry out completely before watering again. If you notice the stunning ruby tones fading, your plant probably needs more light! Find a sunny south or west facing window and place it a few feet away for the best light. In order to properly photosynthesize and grow, a Ruby Rubber plant will need its leaves dusted every couple of weeks.
Ficus + Furry Friends
The sap from a Ruby Rubber Plant can cause irritation to people, as well as pets. If it’s ingested by pets it can be harmful and toxic.
Bring this stunning houseplant home with you!
Switch it up from all the green foliage and add in a touch of ruby.