If you think I'm handsome now, wait until I get bigger. My variegated leaves are what will get your attention. I'm no plain jane but a yellow gem! I brighten up corners, like my share of sunlight, and you can let me dry out a bit between waterings. I can't wait to grow some new leaves for you!
Easy for beginners and a great starter plant!
Toxic to dogs and cats.
India and Malaysia
India and Malaysia
These plants were...
These plants were grown at one time commercially to use the sap to produce rubber!
This Plant's Kindred Spirit is:
Strong, heroic and absolutely kissable!
Great For People Who…
Great for people who are on the go and need low maintenance plants
Great for people who love rainforests
Great for people who love to dance
Great for people who like fun projects
Great For Spaces That…
Great for spaces with higher ceilings
Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
Great for spaces with bright indirect light
Great for spaces that have need lush decor
Ficus altissima 'Yellow Gem' Care Guide
Bright indirect light
Be sure to water when you receive it. Allow the topsoil to dry out between watering.
Prefers medium humidity
Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is a comfortable 75°F-80°F and avoid cold drafts or air vents below 60°F.
Outside: Keep it in shade on a patio where nights are above 60°F.
Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month during the growing season.
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.
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.
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.