Rubber Plant with Large White Planter
DescriptionRubber plant (Ficus elastica) is a large tree with wide, oval, glossy leaves. Its milky white latex was used for making rubber before Pará rubber tree came into use, hence the name. Rubber plant is an ornamental species, often grown as a houseplant in cooler climates.Care GuideWaterAverage water needs, watering should be done each week or when the top 1.2 inch of soil has dried out. Water thoroughly until the soil is saturated and excess water is fully drained from the drain hole.FertilizationFertilization once a month during the growing seasonPruningTrim overgrown branches, dead branches and insect-plagued branchesPlanting TimeSpring, autumnPropagationCutting, sowing, mound layeringPotting SuggestionsSmall seedlings should be repotted every spring, and every 2-3 years for adult plants.Conditions RequirementDifficulty RatingRubber plant is super easy to take care of, with resistance to almost all pests and diseases. It is a perfect option for gardeners with brown thumbs.SunlightFull sun to partial sunHardiness30 ℉Hardiness Zones9-11SoilChalky, loam, clay, sand; well drained; slightly acidic, neutral, slightly alkalineToxicityRubber plant displays low toxicity and mostly causes skin irritation in humans. This includes popular ornamental houseplant species like F. benjamin. Contact with the sap of this plant can lead to allergic and dermatitis reactions, especially in people with sensitive skin and young children. Certain species contain furocoumarins, which may cause skin irritation when exposed to sunlight.Toxicity in AnimalsRubber plant is toxic to cats, dogs and horses. Rubber plant can cause gastrointestinal problems when ingested and dermal irritation due to its ficusin and proteolytic enzyme content. These irritants are found in the plant's sap. Irritation of the mouth and the gastrointestinal tract occurs very soon upon ingestion. Symptoms of poisoning may include decreased appetite, excessive salivation, pawing at the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin irritation.