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How to Care for a Rubber Tree

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

 
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Your Burgundy Rubber Tree will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light—which produces the dark, burgundy color of the leaves. Many people put their rubber trees near a window where the light is filtered through a pair of sheer curtains. This plant tolerates low light, but the leaves will fade to a light green color. However, if the plant gets less light while growing, the leaves will actually become larger!

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water when the top inch of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so not to drown the roots. Do not splash water on the leaves, this can cause stains. The worst thing you can do to your Rubber Tree is to over water it.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
As a native to the tropics, your Rubber Tree will appreciate you misting its leaves to increase humidity—especially when it gets very warm in the summer. Misting regularly also helps to keep the mites (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
The Burgundy Rubber Tree enjoys average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

PLANT FOOD
For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with a diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

ADDITIONAL CARE
Once your Rubber Tree has grown to the height you want it at, you can cut the top off. You may also want to prune or trim back any unwanted branches to give the plant a fuller shape. It’s best to trim your Rubber Tree in the spring and summer. Gently clean the leaves with a very soft cloth or sponge and warm water to keep them glossy. If leaves are stained, use a tiny amount of liquid hand soap to gently remove the stains.

TOXICITY
Rubber Tree leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.