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All About Ficus elastica

Posted on December 11 2022

Step over houseplants, the Ficus elastica has arrived! These plants have a beautiful architectural structure and elegantly colored leaves. Hues of green and copper are complemented by an irresistible shine. Oh, and did we mention that new growth comes out pink? The Ficus elastica is easy to care for, making it an easy selection! Go ahead… you know you want it!

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig
    • About the Family: The Ficus elastica is a relative of other Ficus varieties, such as the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Moraceae (Family), Ficus (Genus), Ficus elastica (Species).
    • Hometown: South Asia.

    How to Care for Your Ficus elastica:

      • Watering: Water when the soil surface dries out.
      • Humidity: This plant enjoys being misted during the summer.
      • Soil: Well-draining soil. 
      • Fertilizer: Fertilize once a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
      • Environment: Keep your Ficus elastica in bright, indirect light.
      • Propagation: Cuttings along nodes can be rooted.
      • Toxicity: Toxic to pets and people.

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

      Properly caring for your newly unboxed Ficus elastica for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
      • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Ficus until it exhibits the proper signs.
      • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
      • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered, medium direct light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Ficus elastica to your desired location in partial sunlight that fits its care needs afterward.

        What You’re Getting:

        • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

        What Makes Us Special:

        • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
        • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
        • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
        • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
        • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Ficus elastica, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
        • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Ficus elastica and possible resolutions.
        • Your Personal Plant-Care Resource: Do you love your new addition? We couldn’t be happier! Join our mailing list to receive exclusive offers, updates, and care tips.

        FAQ about How to Care for a Ficus elastica:

          • What’s with my Rubber Tree dropping leaves? Your plant’s drooping leaves are connected to your watering routine. Either too much or too little water will cause your leaves to sag. To diagnose the issue, check your soil. Afterward, make adjustments: Ensure that your Rubber Tree is planted in appropriate soil, has sufficient light, and water only when the topsoil is dry.
          • When to repot a Ficus elastica? These plants are content when they’re slightly snug in their pot. In fact, a smaller pot will help the roots absorb moisture easily! How can you tell when it’s time to repot your Ficus elastica? When the roots are tightly circling the bottom of the pot. Looking for an outward sign? Curious roots will start poking out the drainage hole.
          • Is Ficus elastica poisonous to dogs? Yes, the Ficus elastica is poisonous to dogs, cats, horses, and people. The plant’s sap also contains a skin-irritating substance. 

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