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: Wipe down its leaves to remove dust build-up, which prevents it from soaking in as much sunlight 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.