Rubber Tree - Ficus elastica 'Robusta' - British Grown

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Scientific Name
Ficus elastica (springy fig) 'Robusta' (robust, hardy)

Common Name
India Rubber Plant/ Tree/ Fig, Rubber Fig, Rubber Bush

Native to Asia, from the Himalayas to Malaysia, Sumatra and Java

The Ficus elastica grows like a miniature tree, with its broad leaves branching off a central stem. The 'Robusta' has wider, thicker leaves than other cultivars of the species, making it actually more robust to changes in environment. Its broad, glossy green leaves will therefore add greenery to your home without needing too much fuss to maintain, and as an added bonus leave you with cleaner air! Just make sure you don't water them too much.

Thrives in bright, indirect light; lower light means a higher risk of overwatering, leading to root rot, so keep an eye out if it's in a shadier spot!


Allow the top half of the soil to dry out between watering; the pot will also be lighter at this point. Reduce even further in winter as the water will evaporate less.

Likes high humidity; your plant will appreciate a mist or the addition of a humidity tray!


Use a well-draining soil mix. Repot every three years in the spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.


Ideal temperature is 18-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 12°C in winter.

No, this plant is toxic to pets and small humans.

Sprouts Top Tips
Keep an eye out for lower-leaf loss; this will tell you if your plant is in too dark a location, and therefore too full of water, and if you spot it can help you reduce stress on your plant!