Rubber Plant Care + Growing Tips

We bet you’ve been noticing a trend on social media – a new plant has been taking the place of the fiddle leaf fig! The Rubber Plant is the new kid in town and we are here for it!

Today I’m sharing all about rubber plant care and how to add this new plant to your space.

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The Rubber Plant, formally ficus elastica, is a fairly easy to care for plant that can grow to incredible heights! It can grow to be 100 ft tall in its native home, Southeast Asia!

In your home, the Rubber Plant grows to heights of 6 to 10 feet tall. If you’re patient enough it’s best to get these plants when they’re young so they have time to adapt to an indoor setting.

Rubber plants are also called rubber tree or rubber plant tree. They get their name due to their sap. Rubber Plant sap which is used to make rubber! Their leaves also have a bit of shiny and rubbery appearance, also contributing to their name.

Keep them in smaller pots to keep them small or put them in larger plants to allow them to grow to super tall. These can be brought outside during the summer months.

The Rubber Tree is also one that removes toxins from the air. Three that they remove are carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

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Rubber Plant Care Tips + Tricks


Rubber tree plants need the right balance of water with more during the growing season and much less during the dormant season. Typically this means watering your houseplant about once a week during the growing season and once a month during the dormant season.

If your Rubber tree is looking droopy, that’s a good sign that it needs to be watered! Once you figure out a good mix of water and light you’ll find that rubber trees are very easy to grow!


Rubber tree plants ideally grow best with a good amount of bright, indirect sun so keep that in mind when purchasing one. They like bright, indirect light – such as near a window with a sheer curtain.

Rubber tree plants won’t do well in low light. You also don’t want them to get too much direct sun. I have mine just out of reach of the sun in a south facing window and it is thriving!

Like most houseplants, be sure to turn your plant every so often so it grows evenly. I typically do a quarter turn every time I water it.

You can put rubber plants outdoors in the summer to grow nice and big and tall. Just remember to not put them in direct sun or they won’t do so great!


When it comes to soil for your Ficus elastica you’ll want something that is well draining and slightly acidic. Rubber tree plants are susceptible to root rot so you want to ensure the soil is able to drain out the excess water.

Temperature and Humidity

The Rubber tree likes comfortable temperatures between 60°F-75°F. They prefer more humid spots but can do fine in a place with regular humidity. They’re sensitive to temperature changes so keep the away from drafty windows or doors.


Rubber plants are toxic to cats, dogs and humans if consumed so keep this clear of your furry friends and tiny hands!

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Pruning and Re-potting Rubber Plants

Rubber plants don’t need a lot of pruning unless you want to shape them a bit. Just be sure to not cut the top of of your plant or it will branch out!

The size of your pot will directly impact the size of your plant. If you keep them in a small pot they will stay small. If you repot them too slightly larger pots they will continue to grow. Be careful to not put them in a pot that is too oversized or they won’t!

Propagating Your Rubber Plant

I have yet to propagate my rubber plant but there are a few different ways to do this.

One is simply cutting off a healthy branch from your tree. Dip it in rooting hormone (for best results) or just put it directly in good potting soil and let it root!

I’ve also read that you can propagate your plants in water but you may not have quite as good results that way.

Rubber Plant FAQ

Do rubber plants need direct sunlight?

As mentioned above, you don’t want to put them in direct sunlight as this can be too drying.

Do rubber tree plants clean the air?

Yes, rubber plants do remove some toxins from the air. It’s been known to remove formaldehyde from the air making this a great plant to have in your home!

I hope this care post inspires you to try out the Rubber Tree and have success growing and caring it! Now the question is – do you keep them small or let them grow giant?!

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