Indoor Growing: Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree (Scientific names: Ficus elastic, Ficus robusta)

The beautiful Rubber Tree which grows up to 50 ft. tall in nature can be grown as a houseplant. And it’s not as difficult as you might think. A young Rubber Tree plant will adapt to being indoors better than a more mature one.

As an indoor plant, the Rubber Tree requires bright light, preferably indirect and not too hot, such as near a window with a sheer curtain.

During the growing season, it needs to be kept moist but not too wet to avoid leaves turning yellow and falling off. It’s also recommended to occasionally wipe off the Rubber Tree’s leaves with a damp cloth or spritz it with water.

During the dormant season, reduce watering to once or twice a month. If you notice the leaves beginning to droop, gradually increase the water you give your plant until the leaves perk back up again.

According to studies conducted by NASA, Rubber Trees improve the quality of our indoor air. Their large leaves are able to absorb airborne chemicals, break them down, and render them harmless. They absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale and convert it into breathable oxygen. They also eliminate 50 to 60 percent of bacteria and mold spores in the air.

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