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Burgundy Rubber Tree Care

The Rubber Tree is robust and dramatic, with large, glossy leaves. This striking plant is low-maintenance, durable, and can add eye-catching dimension to a well-lit corner!

How to care for your Burgundy Rubber Tree

Use these instructions to care for a Burgundy Rubber Tree. This guide will tell you how to water a Burgundy Rubber Tree; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Burgundy Rubber Tree

LIGHT

Your Burgundy Rubber Tree prefers bright indirect light. Direct sunlight in the morning or late afternoon is fine, but avoid harsh midday sun which may cause leaf scorch. This plant does not tolerate low light.

WATER

Water when 50%-75% of the soil volume is dry. Water slowly so that it soaks into the soil until it flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. Discard any excess water that accumulates in the saucer.

HUMIDITY

Your Rubber Tree does fine in average household humidity, but won’t mind added humidity with a pebble tray or nearby humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

The Burgundy Rubber Tree enjoys temperatures from 60° – 80°F.

FOOD

Feed once a month during the spring and summer with an all-purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter months when growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

This plant is considered toxic to humans and pets if ingested. 

ADDITIONAL CARE

Rubber Trees are sensitive to being moved. If you have to move your plant to a drastically different spot, do so gradually. Any sudden changes can cause leaves to drop. When pruning your plant, be careful of the milky latex substance that may leak out where cuts have occurred—this is a mildly toxic irritant. If you get the sap on your hands or skin, wash with warm water and soap immediately.

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What's a Burgundy Rubber Tree?

Botanical Classification: Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’

About

The Rubber Tree is a spectacular indoor plant with thick, glossy leaves. The leaves are deep green, and there are many other varieties available including some with red or even variegated foliage. The branches are strong and sturdy, but it doesn’t like change—so pick a bright spot and let it do its thing!

Native to the rainforests of India and South America, it can quickly adapt to common indoor temperatures. Given enough bright light, ample humidity, and with careful watering, your Rubber Tree will thrive in your home, filling the corner of a room within a few years

Fun Fact

The Rubber Tree can grow to over 100 feet tall in the wild!

Pictured Left: Burgundy Rubber Tree

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