Leo is a dark horse that goes against the grain of your typical green-leafed houseplant. He's of the ficus family and produces a white sap that was used to make latex rubber back in the day. If you're looking for a stunning, low-maintenance, and rubber-producing plant, boy do we have a plant for you.
Medium to bright, indirect light.
Once a week or when soil is nearly dry 2" down.
Toxic to pets.Sorry Jinxy.
Fine for those who jet-set. He can take two weeks of neglect.
A moderately quick grower.Grows tall.
Pro-tip: Grab a wet towel and gently wipe down the leaves every two weeks or so. This prevents dirt and grime from blocking the pores and allows it to soak in as much sunlight as efficiently as possible.
The Ficus elastica, more commonly known as the Rubber plant, is a species belonging to the fig family (Moraceae). They are native to India and can grow up to 50ft+ in the wild. Don't worry, they're more likely to be 3~10ft indoors.
Rubber plants enjoy medium to bright, filtered sunlight unless variegated (then they need more light). Regular waterings and ample sunlight will result in a happy and fast-growing plant. Avoid drafts and cold rooms.
Small: Height is around 10 inches and planter width is 4 inches.
Medium: Height is around 15 inches and planter width is 6 inches
Large: Height is around 30 inches and plant width is 10 inches.
Sizes will vary.