How do I care for a rubber tree plant? We're considering getting one, and I'd love to get a handle on how to take care of one. The thing is, I'm not very good at taking care of plants. Any tips would be great.
Rubber plants like bright light, but never hot sun. When your new leaves are emerging, even less light is advisable, as this will promote larger leaves..Rubber plants are very susceptible to changes in environment, such as warm to a cool room..Keep them out of drafts, and away from heat sources.
Keep your plant evenly moist during the growing cycle in spring and summer, but on the dryer side during the rest of the year. They really appreciate having their leaves sponged off with a damp cloth. When you fertilize your rubber plant in the spring and again in early summer, use a weak mixture of a soluble house plant food.
Rubber plants have a tendency to lose their lower leaves, usually from environmental reasons. If this happens very often, new shoots will emerge from the old leaf node. A very light nick, with a sharp,clean knife, right above the old node will often speed the new growth process from that point, but be sure to not cut to deeply.
Rubber tree plants are quite hardy... they grow in full sun where areas don't freeze. They're a tropical tree...so they like moist, not wet soil... weekly watering, that soaks the soil, but has good drainage so they don't drown..should be fine. They're also easy to take cuttings from and root the cutting, just place a cutting in damp potting soil, and cover with a clear plastic bag, held off the leaves with sticks, and they'll root in a month or two and you'll have a new plant to replace ones that have become ugly sticks. If they're too leggy or stick like..they aren't getting enough sun or light.
GOT RUBBER TREE IN POT AND IT SEEM THE LONG STALKS ARE DEAD, BUT THE BOTTEM OF PLANT IS OK. DO I NEED TO CUT IT DOWN.
what is the lowest temp they will survive in?
how often should i water my rubber plant ?