Burgundy Rubber Tree

Ficus robusta 'Burgundy'

$38.00 $48.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

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

The Burgundy 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.

In general these plants leave our nursery when they are 16" to 28" tall (depending on the size). They are living plants and actual size may vary depending on the current crop.

Plant - Bountiful Burgundy Rubber Tree
Plant - Bountiful Burgundy Rubber Tree

About Burgundy Rubber Tree

In the wilderness of India, this tree can mature to 40 feet tall and wide! However, inside don't expect it to get more than 10 feet tall and wide. Its new foliage will surprise you with red tints at first and red mid-veins in the dark leaves.

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.


Grown in the USA. Native to native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo.

Fun Facts

Cousin to one of today's most popular houseplant: the Fiddle-leaf fig.

It gets its name (Rubber Plant/Rubber Tree) from the milky white latex it produces.

Plant - Bountiful Burgundy Rubber Tree

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Plant - Bountiful Burgundy 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 'Burgundy' 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.

  • 65 to 78

    Keep this plant out of cold drafts near open windows or doors.

  • 10|11

    Outside: Keep it in full shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

  • Monthly

    Apply a fertilizer high in phosphorus for root development. As the leaves multiply and the plant matures, switch to a formula high in nitrogen. Apply the nutrients monthly while watering. Refrain from fertilizing during the winter to let the plant rest.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Burgundy Rubber plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2" bigger pot to keep the roots drier. (Too big of a pot could cause the soil to dry slower, which is not helpful.)

    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 indoor potting mix with perlite to help with drainage.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil 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, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1" 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

    Gently wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth or paper towel. Work gently from the stem's base toward the leaf's tip, cleaning both sides at once. After cleaning the leaves, remove any dead leaves or debris on the surface of the soil.

    Refreshen the soil mixture if needed.

    Wear gloves to prevent skin irritation before pruning away damaged or diseased leaves. Cut down to the stem base with sterile scissors.

    To shape your plant, cut above where the leaf attaches to the stem. Here the plant will stimulate new growth and branch into two stems, and form young leaves making the rubber plant bushier.

    When giving it a shapely look, only remove one-third of the plant's branches. At this point, it may look a little barren but will fill in during the growing season.

    Use the pruned stems for propagation.

  • Cuttings

    Take a cutting between two nodes (where the leaves emerge from the stem) with several leaves on the cutting.

    Remove the bottom set of leaves.

    Dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone.

    Use a pot with drainage. and place the stem in damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it.

    Place the stem at least 1-2 inches down into the soil. 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.

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