FICUS ELASTICA 'RUBY' - Variegated Red Ficus Tree
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Ficus elastica ruby is very easy to grow and an excellent beginner house plant. Native to Southeast Asia this tree was once grown for the production of rubber. Makes a stunning center piece on a table while it is small and later will happily grow by those windows that are too bright for most house plants.
If you have ever walked down the street in a tropical area you have probably seen a huge full sized ficus happily growing along the sidewalk. Yes, they are full sized trees. Yes, they grow in the full sun. That being said, if you have your ficus in a darker part of the house gradually transition to a brighter window. Rubber trees are really tough and great for beginners. I’ve seen way more lose their leaves from lack of light than too much light. They need bright light to flourish!
Water and Soil
Water once the soil becomes slightly dry to the touch and make sure the pot has sufficient drainage holes to allow excess water to seep through. The worst thing you can do is water logging the plant. Your average big box potting soil is fine, but if you want your ficus to thrive try a rich, humus filled soil with about 20% sand or perlite.
Temperature and Humidity
Average room temperatures of 60 - 75°F (15 - 24°C are fine. Avoid lower than 55°F (12°C), sudden temperature drops and cold drafts. Rubber trees are tough, but of course being from the tropics they like humidity. The average home humidity will work for the majority of Ficus, making them excellent houseplants!