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The ultimate guide for taking care of a Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica is a tropical plant with larges leaves that have beautiful patterns on it. It's not a great plant for beginners, because it's not very forgiving when you don't give it the care that it needs. However, if you can keep this plant happy, it will be one of the most amazing plants in your house or garden.

To give you the best chance to take care of this plant, we've broken down the caring process into a few different steps. These steps are designed to provide you with the most in-depth information to teach you everything you need to know about caring for your plant.

  1. How to care for a Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree)
  2. How to make your soil retain more water?

In this ultimate plant care guide for a Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree), we're going to look at everything you need to know about taking care of your houseplant. Below, I've collected some resources that are relevant for taking care of your Rubber Tree and how to keep it happy and thriving.

Summary of Ficus Elastica care

Find out what the Ficus Elastica prefers when it comes to its plant care. These are the most important parts of taking care of the Ficus Elastica!

Watering your Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica likes to be watered occasionally, but also needs to soil to dry out slightly. Water when the top of the soil has dried out.

Sunlight for your Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica does best in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight. This spot is always bright but never gets direct sunlight.

Fertilizing your Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica needs quite a bit of energy to grow, so you should fertilize it once per month in the spring and summer.

Soil for your Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica prefers a moist growing environment, so you'll need soil that holds onto water well. You can use vermiculite and coconut coir to hold onto more moisture.

Temperature for the Ficus Elastica

The Ficus Elastica prefers a spot that consistently stays between 15 - 27°C (59 - 80°F).

Propagating the Ficus Elastica

To propagate the Ficus Elastica, you can take cuttings from the parent plant. Often, you cut part of the stem of the Ficus Elastica and plant that in moist soil.

Repotting the Ficus Elastica

You should repot your Ficus Elastica once every 2 year(s). This helps your Ficus Elastica to stay healthy for many years.

Difficulty of Ficus Elastica plant care

The Ficus Elastica is not the best plant for beginners, but also not very difficult to take care of.

1. How to care for a Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree)

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How to care for a Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree)

With its large, almost water-colored, leaves, the Ficus Elastica (also know as the Rubber Plant or Tree) is a plant you can't miss. In this plant care guide, we're going to look at how you can keep your Ficus Elastica happy and healthy.

Read "How to care for a Ficus Elastica (Rubber Tree)"

2. How to make your soil retain more water?

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How to make your soil retain more water?

Moisture-loving plants thrive in soil that's moist most of the time. But how do you make sure your soil is moist without attracting pests or overwatering your plant? In this plant care guide, we're going to look at several ways you can improve the water retention of your soil to help your plants thrive.

Read "How to make your soil retain more water?"

Frequently asked questions

How should you water the Ficus Elastica?
The Ficus Elastica likes to be watered occasionally, but also needs to soil to dry out slightly. Water when the top of the soil has dried out.
How much sunlight does the Ficus Elastica need?
The Ficus Elastica does best in a spot where it gets bright, indirect sunlight. This spot is always bright but never gets direct sunlight.
How much fertilizer does the Ficus Elastica need?
The Ficus Elastica needs quite a bit of energy to grow, so you should fertilize it once per month in the spring and summer.
What is the best soil for the Ficus Elastica?
The Ficus Elastica prefers a moist growing environment, so you'll need soil that holds onto water well. You can use vermiculite and coconut coir to hold onto more moisture.
What is the ideal temperature for the Ficus Elastica?
The Ficus Elastica prefers a spot that consistently stays between 15 - 27°C (59 - 80°F).
How do you propagate the Ficus Elastica?
To propagate the Ficus Elastica, you can take cuttings from the parent plant. Often, you cut part of the stem of the Ficus Elastica and plant that in moist soil.
How often should you repot the Ficus Elastica?
You should repot your Ficus Elastica once every 2 year(s). This helps your Ficus Elastica to stay healthy for many years.
Is the Ficus Elastica easy to take care of?
The Ficus Elastica is not the best plant for beginners, but also not very difficult to take care of.

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