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 35cm from base of pot
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 15-24°C, keep out of draughts and sudden temperature drops.
Light: A bright spot is best, Ficus elastica 'Robusta' can handle more shade than Ficus elastica 'Belize'.
Watering: Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Air Humidity: 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.
Fertilising: Feed every 2-3 weeks during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Potting mix: A well draining mix works best.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.