Ficus elastica 'Ruby'
Ficus Ruby - Rubber Plant (S)
Ficus elastica, known as the 'Rubber Tree' is a beautiful and easy growing plant that can grow into very large trees when planted in the ground and an impressive houseplant in a pot. The 'Ruby' or 'Variegated Rubber Tree' has a beautiful pink variegation and is native to India & Malaysia. Juvenile shoots present a deep ruby colour with creams, pinks, and greens developing through maturity. Ideal as an impactful indoors plant.
A hardy and low maintenance plant preferring indirect light conditions and morning sun, ideally near a window. More light will encourage beautiful variegation. It prefers a humid environment so you can spray it regularly, especially if the plant is surrounded by heated air, and wipe leaves free from dust with a damp cloth. During the growing season, water moderately. The Ruby prefers to have its soil slightly moist at all times but not soggy. In winter, decrease water frequency to fortnightly. Fertilise twice a year with and keep away from frost. As this plant can grow very large, when it has reached your desired height, you can cut the main stem.
Watering varies according to season. In the summer, water weekly keeping the soil moist but not soggy, wiping leaves and misting if possible. In the winter water fortnightly.
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