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Rubber Tree - Ficus elastica

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One of the most well-known of the Ficus family, the rubber tree is an easy-to-grow plant that looks good in any setting. It's big, thick leaves may be dark green, burgundy-tinged, or sometimes variegated. It may grow as a bush or in a tree shape and may get to be ceiling height.

LIGHT: It likes bright, indirect light, even some morning sun. If you move the plant to a direct sun location, do it gradually.

WATER: Water with care. Allow the soil to dry somewhat and do not let the plant get soggy. Fertilize monthly with a general purpose, balanced food on a monthly basis.

TEMPERATURE: Provide average household temperatures with a minimum of 55° in the winter. Mist leaves occasional in the morning. Wash leaves occasionally to keep the plant clean.

Rubbers are readily available in 6", 8" and 10" pots.