Ruby Rubber Tree

Ficus robusta 'Ruby'

$44.00 $48.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 6" to 8" W 10" to 16" H

The Ruby Rubber Tree is easy for beginners and a great starter plant! They can quickly grow up to 8' inside and do best in bright to moderate indirect light.
Plant - Ruby Rubber Tree
Plant - Ruby Rubber Tree

About Ruby Rubber Tree

Interestingly enough, this plant's aerial roots have been used to construct bridges in Northeastern India during their monsoon season. While the root is still alive and the tree is thriving, Indians hollow out an Areca nut tree and place the root inside the trunk. This guides the Ficus roots to the other side of the river until its roots hit the soil. Over time, the Areca trunk rots, and the Ficus root thickens to make a usable walking bridge! Ingenuity at its best! 

Care Level: I'm Easy

Super easy to care for and perfect for beginners.

Pet Friendly: Warning

Mildly toxic to humans, pets, cats and dogs.

Bloom: No

Plant - Ruby Rubber Tree

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Ficus robusta 'Ruby' Care Guide

  • Medium

    Best in medium light, but can survive in a range of low to high.

  • Low

    Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

  • Medium

    Prefers humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 10|11

    Outside: Keep it in shade on a patio where nights are above 60¬∞F. 

  • Monthly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month during the growing season.   

  • 3 Years

    When receiving the Variegated Rubber Tree plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. 
    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot. 
    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining potting mix half and half with a cacti and succulent potting mix to help with drainage. 
    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.
    Add the soil mix to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 
    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, loosen the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 
    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 
    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil. 
    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain. 

  • Monthly

    To prune these Rubber Tree plants, wear gloves to avoid skin irritation and use sharp, sterilized pruners. The best time to prune is in late spring or early summer. Cut right above the node (where leaves are attached to the stem), causing branching to occur for a bushier plant. Don't remove more than one-third of the plant's foliage to keep it healthy. 

  • Cuttings

    Take a stem cutting with sanitized pruners, 6-8 inches long with leaves attached. Trim off the bottom leaves on the stem. 
    Dip the stem in water, then rooting hormone. Stick the stem into the soil mix.
    Use a pot with drainage and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the damp, well-draining, moist mixture of cacti and succulent soil and regular potting mix with perlite in equal parts. 
    Tamp down around the stem securing it. Place a clear plastic bag over the cutting to mimic a greenhouse and mist the bag. 
    Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish. 
    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure. Remove the plastic bag but maintain adequate humidity around the new plant. 

Ruby Rubber Tree

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