Simply Trees

Rubber Tree

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Small, 1 to 3 ft or 6 inch pot
Medium, 3 to 4 ft or 8 to 10 inch pot
Large, 4 to 5 ft or 8 to 10 inch pot
XL, 5 to 6 ft or 10 to 12 inch pot
XXL, 6 to 7 ft or 10 to 14 inch pot

Please Note: Sizing can differ between plant varieties. Please chat with us if you need clarification.

*Measured from the bottom of the pot.

Bright indirect sunTwice a monthSuper easyNot pet friendly
  • Deep Burgundy Foliage: The Rubber Tree's large, glossy leaves with rich burgundy hues add a dramatic and modern touch to any indoor space, creating a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere.
  • Thick, Robust Trunks: This plant features thick, sturdy trunks that enhance its visual appeal and provide a strong architectural element to your decor.
  • Natural Air Purifier: This plant is known for its ability to purify the air, making it a practical and healthful addition to any home or office environment.
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Rubber Tree

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The Rubber Tree, a bold and elegant indoor plant, is celebrated for its large, glossy leaves with deep burgundy hues that add a touch of sophistication to any living space. This plant, known for its robust and upright growth, creates an instant focal point, infusing your home or office with a sense of strength and natural beauty. The Rubber Tree not only enhances your interior decor but also acts as a natural air purifier, improving the quality of your indoor air. Its evergreen presence ensures year-round beauty, making it a popular choice for those who appreciate both the aesthetic and practical benefits of indoor plants.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; can reach a mature height of 6-10 feet and a width of 2-3 feet indoors.

Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

The Rubber Tree thrives in bright, indirect sunlight but can also adapt to lower light conditions, making it versatile for various indoor settings.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Rubber Tree can become quite large, especially when given the right conditions to thrive. When grown indoors, the typical height ranges from 6 to 10 feet. Its width can span several feet, typically around 3 to 6 feet, depending on how the branches are managed.

Factors Influencing Size:
Pot Size: The size of the pot can restrict or encourage growth. Larger pots will allow more room for roots to expand, thereby supporting a larger plant.
Pruning: Regular pruning can keep the plant more compact and manageable if space is a constraint. Without pruning, the Rubber Tree will grow taller and can become quite large.
Environment: Adequate light, proper watering, and suitable humidity levels are crucial for the growth of the Rubber Tree. Better environmental conditions will generally result in a larger plant.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Growth:
Indoor Growth: Indoors, growth is generally slower and more controlled, influenced by pot size, pruning, and indoor climate conditions.
Outdoor Growth: In its natural habitat or when planted outdoors in suitable climates, a Rubber Tree can grow even larger, with some trees reaching up to 50 feet or more.

Overall, with regular care, including proper watering, sufficient light, and occasional fertilization, a Rubber Tree can become a substantial and attractive feature in home or office settings. Pruning and pot size management allow for customization of the plant's size according to the space available.

The Rubber Tree is known for its relatively fast growth rate under optimal conditions. Generally, you can expect it to grow about 24 inches per year, though this can vary based on several factors.

Factors Affecting Growth Rate:
Light: Adequate lighting is crucial for maximizing growth. Rubber Trees thrive in bright, indirect light. Insufficient light can slow growth significantly.
Watering: Proper watering is essential. The soil should be kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Over or under-watering can stress the plant and inhibit growth.
Temperature and Humidity: Rubber Trees prefer temperatures between 60°F and 75°F (16°C to 24°C) and moderate to high humidity. Extreme temperatures and low humidity levels can hinder growth.
Fertilization: Feeding your Rubber Tree during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer can promote vigorous growth. Ensure not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to salt buildup in the soil and potentially harm the plant.

Growth Tips:
Pruning: Regular pruning can encourage bushier growth if the tree becomes too tall or leggy. It's best to prune in the spring.
Repotting: Repotting every few years into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil can also encourage growth by providing fresh nutrients and more room for root development.

By providing good care and meeting the plant’s needs for light, water, and nutrients, your Rubber Tree can grow quickly and become a substantial and attractive feature in your home or office.

Choosing the right location for your Rubber Tree is crucial for its health and growth. Here are key factors to consider when selecting the best spot for your plant:

Light Requirements
Bright, Indirect Light: Rubber Trees thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. A spot near a window that receives filtered sunlight is ideal. East or west-facing windows are generally good choices, as they provide moderate sunlight for most of the day without the intensity of direct midday sun.
Avoid Direct Sunlight: Although the Rubber Tree can tolerate some direct sunlight, prolonged exposure, especially during the hottest part of the day, can lead to leaf scorch. Sheer curtains or blinds can help diffuse strong sunlight.

Temperature and Drafts
Stable Temperature: The ideal temperature range for a Rubber Tree is between 60°F to 75°F (16°C to 24°C). Avoid placing your Rubber Tree near drafts, air conditioning units, or heating vents. Sudden temperature fluctuations and cold drafts can cause leaf drop.

Moderate Humidity: While Rubber Trees don’t require high humidity, they do best in an environment with moderate humidity. If your home is particularly dry, especially during winter months, you can increase humidity around the plant by using a humidifier or placing a water-filled pebble tray beneath the plant’s pot.

Space for Growth
Room to Grow: Consider the space around the plant. Rubber Trees can grow quite tall and broad. Ensure there is enough space not just for the current size of the plant, but also for its future growth. This plant can become a large indoor tree, so it needs room to expand both vertically and horizontally.

By considering these factors and positioning your Rubber Tree in an optimal location, you can help ensure it remains healthy, grows well, and becomes an attractive feature in your home or office.

Caring for a Rubber Tree involves straightforward practices that help maintain its health and vibrant appearance. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you nurture your plant:

Bright, Indirect Light: Rubber Trees thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place it near a window that is draped with sheer curtains or where sunlight is filtered to avoid direct sun exposure that can scorch the leaves.
Adapt to Lower Light: While it prefers bright light, the Rubber Tree can adapt to lower light levels, though its growth may slow down.

Consistent Moisture: Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil become dry. Ensure the plant is watered thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain out of the bottom of the pot.
Reduce Frequency in Winter: Decrease watering during the winter months when the plant’s growth naturally slows.

Humidity and Temperature
Moderate Humidity: While the Rubber Tree does not require high humidity, it appreciates a moderately humid environment. You can increase humidity around the plant using a humidifier or by placing a water-filled pebble tray beneath the pot.
Ideal Temperature: Keep the temperature between 60-75°F (16-24°C). Avoid sudden temperature drops and cold drafts, as these can cause leaf drop.

Balanced Fertilizer: Feed your Rubber Tree with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring through summer). Reduce feeding in the winter to every other month or stop altogether, depending on the plant’s response and growth.

Pruning and Cleaning
Prune for Shape: Prune in the spring to control its size and encourage bushier growth. You can prune back any long, leggy branches to promote growth lower down on the plant.
Clean Leaves: Wipe the leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust and help the plant efficiently photosynthesize.

Regular Repotting: Repot every few years, or when the plant outgrows its pot. This typically involves moving the plant to a slightly larger pot and refreshing the soil, which helps to replenish nutrients and promote healthy growth.

Pest Management
Monitor for Pests: Keep an eye out for pests like spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Treat infestations early with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By following these care tips, your Rubber Tree should grow well and remain a vibrant, striking addition to your indoor space.

Watering your Rubber Tree properly is crucial for its health and growth. Here’s how to determine the right watering schedule:

Watering Frequency
Check Soil Moisture: Rubber Trees prefer their soil to be moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top 1-2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch. This typically means watering approximately every 1-2 weeks, but this can vary based on environmental conditions.

Environmental Factors: The frequency of watering will depend on factors such as light exposure, air humidity, temperature, and the size and material of the pot. For instance:

In brighter light, the plant may need more frequent watering.
In a dry, heated room during winter, soil may dry out faster, necessitating more frequent watering.
Conversely, in a cool, low-light environment, water less frequently.

Watering Method
Water Thoroughly: When you water, do so thoroughly until water runs freely from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This ensures the entire root system is hydrated.
Ensure Proper Drainage: Always allow excess water to drain away completely. Never let the Rubber Tree sit in standing water as this can lead to root rot.

Seasonal Adjustments: Reduce watering in the winter months when plant growth naturally slows down.
Monitoring: Observe your plant’s response to watering and adjust as necessary. Signs of overwatering include yellowing leaves and a mushy feel to the base of the plant, while signs of underwatering are dry, crispy leaf edges.

By carefully monitoring and adjusting your watering practices based on the needs of your Rubber Tree and the conditions of your environment, you can maintain a healthy plant that thrives year-round.

Repotting your Rubber Tree is important for maintaining its health and encouraging growth. Here are some guidelines to determine the best time and how to repot your Rubber Tree:

When to Repot
Frequency: Typically, Rubber Trees need to be repotted every 2 to 3 years. The frequency can vary based on the plant's growth rate and the pot size.

Signs to Repot:
Look for these indicators that your Rubber Tree might need repotting:
Roots are growing out of the drainage holes.
Roots are circling visibly at the surface of the soil.
The plant is growing slower than normal (stunted growth).
The soil dries out very quickly after watering, indicating that the pot is more root-filled than soil-filled.

Best Time to Repot
Ideal Season: Spring or early summer is the best time to repot. This timing coincides with the start of their active growing season, giving the plant time to establish itself in the new pot before the growth slows down in the fall and winter.

How to Repot
Choose the Right Pot: Select a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one. Ensure it has good drainage holes.
Potting Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix. You can use a general-purpose indoor plant soil mix, or mix in some perlite or coarse sand to enhance drainage.

Repotting Process:
Gently remove the plant from the old pot. Tap the sides and bottom of the pot to loosen the soil and roots.
Inspect the root ball. Trim any excessively long or circling roots to encourage new root growth.
Place a layer of fresh potting soil in the new pot and position the plant in the center. Fill around the roots with more potting soil, tamping down lightly to eliminate air pockets.
Water thoroughly after repotting to settle the soil around the roots and help reduce transplant shock.

Post-Repot Care
Watering: After repotting, keep the soil evenly moist to help the plant recover and establish. Avoid overwatering by allowing the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
Location: Keep the repotted plant in a location where it receives bright, indirect light.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure a successful repotting experience for your Rubber Tree, promoting its health and growth.

While the Rubber Tree is quite adaptable, it does not thrive in low light conditions. If placed in an area with insufficient light, it may exhibit slow growth, leaf loss, and a lack of the vibrant leaf coloration that these plants are known for.

Here are some considerations for lighting your Rubber Tree:

Ideal Lighting: Rubber Trees prefer bright, indirect light. A spot near a window that gets filtered sunlight or is shaded by sheer curtains is ideal. North or east-facing windows can provide such light conditions. If you only have a south or west-facing window, position the plant a few feet away from the window or use light-diffusing curtains to prevent direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

Adaptation to Medium Light: While not ideal, Rubber Trees can adapt to medium light conditions. However, they will not grow as vigorously or as large as they would in brighter conditions.

Low Light: Constantly low light is not suitable for a Rubber Tree. If you must place it in a low-light area, consider using artificial lighting solutions like grow lights to supplement the lack of natural sunlight.

Suggestions for Managing Low Light Conditions:

If your Rubber Tree is in a low-light area temporarily, monitor the plant closely for signs of stress, such as yellowing leaves or extended periods of no growth.
Rotate the plant periodically to ensure that all sides receive equal light exposure.
Reduce watering slightly since lower light slows the plant’s growth and therefore its water requirements.

By providing your Rubber Tree with the right light conditions, you can help ensure it remains healthy, vibrant, and actively growing.

Encouraging your Rubber Tree to grow more branches can be effectively achieved through a technique called "notching" or "pruning." Here’s how you can do it:

Pruning Method: Use sharp, clean pruning shears to cut back the main stem or any long, leggy branches. Make the cut just above a leaf node (the point on the stem where leaves attach). This encourages the plant to activate dormant buds below the cut, leading to the development of new branches.

Best Time to Prune: The ideal time for pruning is during the spring or early summer when the plant is in its active growth phase. This timing gives the Rubber Tree ample time to heal and produce new growth before the slower winter months.

Notching Technique: This involves making a small cut or notch above a leaf node on the stem where you want new growth to occur. The notch should be about one-third of the way into the stem and positioned just above the node.

Purpose of Notching: Notching disrupts the flow of growth hormones (auxins) that normally inhibit bud growth below the cut. By notching, you essentially force the plant to activate the dormant bud at the node just below the notch, leading to new branch growth.

Additional Tips
Light Exposure: Ensure your Rubber Tree is placed in an area with bright, indirect light. Adequate light is crucial for supporting the growth of new branches.
Proper Care: Continue to provide optimal care in terms of watering, feeding, and humidity. A healthy plant is more responsive to pruning and notching and will recover faster.
Patience: Growth can take time to appear, especially if the plant’s energy is directed to healing and establishing roots. Be patient and allow your Rubber Tree a few weeks to respond.

By using these techniques, you can help shape your Rubber Tree into a fuller, bushier plant with more branches, enhancing its aesthetic appeal and vitality.

Cutting leaves off a Rubber Tree can have various effects, depending on how and why the leaves are being removed:

Pruning for Health and Shape: Pruning a Rubber Tree by cutting off damaged or diseased leaves can help improve the overall health of the plant by preventing the spread of disease and allowing the plant to focus its energy on producing new, healthy growth. Pruning can also help maintain a desired shape and size, encouraging the tree to become bushier if the cuts are made just above leaf nodes.

Encouraging Branching: If you cut back a stem or prune just above a leaf node, the Rubber Tree often responds by branching out at that point. This can help create a fuller, more compact plant rather than a tall, leggy one.

Potential for Propagation: The leaves and stem cuttings from a Rubber Tree can potentially be used for propagation. If you place a stem cutting in water or soil, it may root and eventually grow into a new plant.

Latex Sap: When you cut the leaves or stems of a Rubber Tree, it exudes a milky white sap known as latex. This sap can be irritating to the skin and eyes in some people, so it's advisable to wear gloves when pruning or handling cut parts of the plant. The sap should also be kept away from pets and children.

It's important to use clean, sharp pruning shears to make clean cuts, which help the plant heal faster and reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, the best time to prune is during the growing season (spring and summer) when the plant is most resilient and can recover more easily from the stress of pruning.

Leaf drop in a Rubber Tree can be concerning, but it's often a response to environmental stress or care issues. Here are the most common reasons why this might be happening:

Watering Issues: Both overwatering and underwatering can lead to leaf drop. Rubber Trees prefer their soil to be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. If the soil remains soggy or dries out completely for extended periods, the plant might respond by dropping leaves. Make sure to establish a consistent watering schedule where you check the soil moisture regularly.

Light Changes: Sudden changes in the plant’s lighting conditions can cause stress, leading to leaf drop. Rubber Trees prefer bright, indirect light. If the tree was moved from a very bright location to a significantly darker one, or vice versa, it might drop leaves as it adjusts. Try to provide steady, consistent lighting.

Temperature Stress: Extreme temperatures or drafts can also cause leaf drop. Rubber Trees are tropical plants and prefer temperatures between 60-75°F (16-24°C), and they do not like cold drafts or heating vents. Keep your plant in a location with stable temperature and away from direct airflow from heating or cooling systems.

Transplant Shock: If you recently repotted your Rubber Tree, it might drop some leaves due to the stress of being moved into a new pot or soil mix. This should stabilize over time as the plant acclimates to its new environment.

Pest Issues: Check for pests such as spider mites, aphids, or mealybugs. These can stress your plant and cause leaf drop. Treat any infestations with appropriate methods such as insecticidal soap or neem oil.

By carefully examining these aspects and adjusting your care routine accordingly, you can help your Rubber Tree recover and prevent further leaves from falling.

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