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Ficus elastica 'robusta' (Rubber plant)

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RATING: Easy to care for.

LOVES: Rubber plants enjoy a semi-sunny position (direct sunlight will cause the leaves to brown), being watered when half the soil is dry. Occasional misting of the foliage.

HATES: Dusty leaves. Clean your Rubber plant gently using water and a clean micro-fibre cloth to remove dust.

SIZE (approx): Pot diameter 12cm.

More information and care recommendations are below.

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A beautiful variety of the rubber plant, the Ficus elastica ‘robusta’ has large, deep green, glossy leaves. Originating from the Himalayas, Malaysia, India and Eastern Asia, the original plants on the market had narrower leaves, but have been replaced by varieties such as the ‘robusta’ that are easier to grow and maintain.

In the early 1900’s the milky white sap was used to create rubber, which is where the plant got its common name. The plant can grow up to 3 metres when growing indoors and up to 30 in its native habitat! The Ficus elastica is an air purifier, known to remove volatile organic pollutants from the atmosphere.

Quick Care Guide

Care Difficulty: An easy care plant for your collection.

Light requirements: Prefers bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. Can tolerate a shadier spot but this can cause slower growth.

Watering: This plant likes to dry out slightly between waterings. In winter, reduce watering to avoid root rot. Overwatering can cause leaves to fall off.

Humidity: Can tolerate average household conditions but will prefer a slightly more humid environment so make sure you are misting occasionally. This plant likes to have its leaves cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth.

Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets due to having latex in the sap.

Feeding: Enjoys a feed every month in spring and summer, reducing to none in winter.

Repotting: Ficus Robusta will only need a repot when they get too big for their current pot, only increase the pot size to one size larger.

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UK Nationwide delivery fees (for total orders under £50):

  • £4 for 48-hour tracked delivery via Royal Mail
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More details can be found on our Plant Delivery Information page.

Refunds & returns

Refunds are available for any plant or product with an obvious fault. The request must be made within 7 days via email or by phone.

Any products damaged in transit will require photos to be submitted via email. If we think they are salvageable we will provide you with return labels. If they are not we will provide a full refund, but we require the complaint to be submitted within 7 days of receiving the plant.

Any return of plants within 7 days for any other reason will require the customer to pay for that return postage.

Please note: Refunds or exchanges can not be made on ‘Sale’ items.