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Ruby Rubber Tree

Ficus elastica Ruby
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POS ID: 168923
Ruby is a variegated selection of Rubber Tree, with green leaves marked in pale green and creamy white around the edges. In strong light, foliage develops a red overlay, turning the cream areas pink and the green areas to shades of maroon and burgundy. A wonderful floor plant in the house, just like the regular Rubber Tree, but requires a bit more light to make up for the reduced photosynthesis in the variegated leaves.
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Container Size:
6" container
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Quick Facts

  • Easy care
  • Water wise
  • Large, showy foliage adds contrast to most indoor plant collections

Details

Ruby is a variegated selection of Rubber Tree, with green leaves marked in pale green and creamy white around the edges. In strong light, foliage develops a red overlay, turning the cream areas pink and the green areas to shades of maroon and burgundy. A wonderful floor plant in the house, just like the regular Rubber Tree, but requires a bit more light to make up for the reduced photosynthesis in the variegated leaves.

Weight: 5 lbs

Container Size: 6" container

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About This Plant

Type

Houseplants

Plant Safety

This plant is pet friendly and non-toxic. More information here.

Air Purifying

Yes

Leaf Color

Red

Flowering

Infrequent flowering

Mature Height

Up to 144 inches

Mature Width

Up to 80 inches

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
For plants that have filled their current containers, select a container one inch wider than the container your plant is currently growing in. Plants that haven't filled out the soil in their current pots don't need a larger container, but can be repotted into a container of the same size or slipped into a cache pot to hide the plastic nursery container. Select a potting soil suitable for indoor plants, one that is light and drains freely. If the soil is dry, add enough water and mix it in to make the soil just damp. Add enough soil to the new container so that the top of the root ball will sit a bit below the rim of the container, 1/4-inch for smaller plants up to an inch for very large plants. This will help prevent spills when you water. Remove your plant from its old container and gently tease the roots from the surface of the root ball. Place the plant in the new container, adding or removing soil to bring the top of the root ball to the desired level. Add soil around the root ball, firming it in lightly. Water in to settle the soil, adding more if needed. Water your newly repotted plant lightly for the next several weeks while the roots are growing into the new soil. Indoor plants can be especially prone to rot from overwatering at this point.
General Care Description
Provide well-draining soil. Keep moist but be careful not to overwater, this plant does not like to be too soggy. Remove any shoots that revert to green without any variegation.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Use a well-aerated potting soil that holds water but still drains quickly.

Humidity

Moderate to High

Temperature

Average household temperatures between 60°-80°F (15.6° 26.7°C).

Growth Rate

Fast

Light Needs

Provide bright light but avoid placing directly in west or south-facing windows. Set 1-2 feet back from these windows to avoid burning the leaves.

Water Needs

A common issue for this plant is overwatering. Soil should be moist but not overly wet.

Disease and Pests

Mealy bugs, scale, and mites are common with this species.

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