Ficus Elastica also called the Rubber Plant is one of my favorite houseplants. They are part of the Ficus family, which also includes Ficus Lyrata also known as the Fiddle Leaf Fig, Ficus Altissima and Audrey. They are called Rubber Plants because the were use to make rubber and tires from their sap. There are a few varieties of Ficus Elastica. The Tineke being one of my favorite for it's beaurtiful watercolro art like foliage.
Lighting and Temperature: In the wild these plants grow more like trees, in climates of warm and sunny days. So they do like a lot of bright indirect or filtered light. They do best in a south, east or west facing window.
Watering: I normally allow the soil to dry out completely between watering. Watering it heavy and throught to ensure that water flows through the soil and drains out the container.
Soil Mixture: I have my all Ficus Elastica plants in my go to soil mixture. 50% regular potting mix, 45% cacti soil and 5% perlite. I don't have any preferred brand but I have mine in good old fashion miracle grow soil.
Here is a video I did where I talk about how to care for your Ficus Elastica. I also did a repotting of my Tineke and Burgundy, and show you guys how easy it is to propagate your Rubber plant by using the cutting and water method.
I have three types of Ficus Elastica. The Tineke, Ruby and Burgundy.
The Tineke is my favorite with its beautiful variegations of cream, yellow and shades of green. Each leaf is uniquely different making it almost look like water-colour art.
The Ruby has a similar variegation pattern as the Tineke, but instead of cream and yellow, it has shades of pink and red.
The Burgundy is a classic. I love deep green and shiny foliage, with deep burgundy mid rib.