Ficus elastica are part of the Moraceae family, 'Ficus' being the Latin for 'Fig'. They are native to the Himalayas, Malaysia, Sumatra and Java. Ficus elastica are often called 'Rubber Plants' and they have large, shiny, leathery leaves with obvious midribs. Each leaf emerges from a bright red protective sheath. The 'Belize' variety have a pink tinge to the leaves.
Height: Approximately 30cm from base of pot
How do you care for a Ficus elastica Belize plant?
Care for a Ficus elastica Belize plant by keeping it out of draughts and sudden temperature drops, ideally between 15-24°C. A bright spot is best, average humidity is fine but higher humidity can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings and feed every 2-3 weeks during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage. A well-draining mix with coco coir works is best for this plant.
How do you propagate a Ficus elastica Belize plant?
Propagate a Ficus elastica Belize plant by identifying a healthy stem of the plant that is suitable for cutting. A ‘leggy’ stem with few leaves or that receives little sunlight is ideal. Make your cut halfway up this stem, preferably just above a leaf node. Take care as the sap that oozes from this plant can be sticky.
Trim the cutting down to 6 inches long, leaving 2-3 leaves at the top. You can then place the cutting directly into a pot with moist soil. Keep the entire pot covered in a plastic bag and in a warm place, ensuring the soil stays moist. It may take up to 6 months for the roots to settle before you can remove the bag.