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Ficus Elastica 'Ruby'

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The Ficus Elastica 'Ruby' is a hard to find Rubber Tree variety that resembles another variant, the ‘Tineke’, with the main distinction being the pink hue to it’s leaves, particularly in the new growth. For leaves that are larger and more vibrant provide them with a lot of light and as much humidity as possible. They can adjust to lower light/average conditions but as a canopy tree they’re happiest in a bright window

Have fun experimenting with this plant by pruning it at the start of the growing season to manipulate its growth pattern! You can keep it low to the ground with a bushy growth pattern or encourage it to grow tall with branches that fill a corner depending on your space. Whatever you choose, it’s color will definitely make it a conversation starter in your collection!  

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Scientific Name: Ficus Elastica 
  • Pronunciation: FY-kus ee-LASS-tih-kuh
  • Common Name: Ruby
  • Family: Moraceae 
  • Native Range: Tropical regions of India and Malaysia

Ed's Care Guide

  • Light: Prefers bright, indirect light 
  • Water: Keep soil moist during the spring and summer. Water less frequently in the winter. Avoid over-watering
  • Humidity: High
  • Temperature: 50-75F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding:  Fertilize only during spring and summer 
  • Propagation: Cuttings
  • Growth: Upright, Bushy
  • Common Pests: Look out for mealy bugs, mites, scales and aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets