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How to Care for a Rubber Tree

Abby Miller of Landmark Plant Co. fills out our tip sheet

Move aside, fiddle leaf fig. According to Landmark Plant Co. Manager Abby Miller, this less temperamental houseplant is taking your Instagrammable place. It comes in many sizes, from 6 inches to 5 feet, and hues such as ruby, burgundy, and Tineke (yellow). Here, Miller fills out our tip sheet on the rubber tree.

Green Thumb: Optional

Like most figs, the rubber tree can withstand the elements indoors or out. They’ll grow slower inside, but you can better control their environment, which doesn’t require much effort at all. Best news: They can withstand low light! Place them in any room you’d like.

Lighting Requirements

Bright, indirect light is the ticket to get those waxy leaves growing quickest. A hack: Wipe or mist dust off the leaves every few weeks to ensure they can soak up all the sun’s energy.

Watering Requirements

Once or twice a month is enough; just be sure the soil dries out between watering. With large plants, dampness can be difficult to gauge since the dirt is so deep. Keep a moisture meter in the soil to get the clearest read on whether your tree is thirsty.

When to Repot

Once the roots start peeking out of the soil, it’s time to get a bigger pot. And since these trees can get bulky, it’s best to keep them in a plastic pot for easy transfer. Lay the potted tree on its side, then squeeze the outside of the pot to loosen up the root ball. Wiggle the tree out and transplant it into a larger container with well-draining soil.



Landmark Plant Co.

495 Leucadia Boulevard, Leucadia

321 South Coast Highway, Oceanside


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