Tips & tricks in caring for your rubber tree

rubber-tree

The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Known for its deep burgundy leaves and the bright pop of color new growth provides, the Rubber Tree is an attractive statement piece for any space. Also found in pink, white and yellow, the Rubber Tree is a fast grower that can reach huge heights with the right conditions. Read on for the most common challenges and solutions when caring for this beauty indoors.

  • Leaf Drop - as a stereotypical member of the Ficus family, Rubber Trees will drop their bottom leaves when stressed. They do this to save energy for new growth at the top. The most common causes for stress are a change in lighting — when moved to a new home with less light after growing at a nursery, or during the change of seasons. And dry air/lack of humidity, easily remedied by adding misting to your routine

  • Brown and Soggy Edges - usually caused by the soil not having a chance to dry out and needing oxygen, this happens when your plant is getting too much water. This is the first sign of root rot but remedied if treated early. Remove your plant from its decorative pot, reshape the leaves by trimming the brown edges, and allow the soil to dry through completely. In extreme cases, a fresh soil change may be needed. Try using a moisture meter to recalibrate your watering schedule.

  • Pests - Rubber Trees are susceptible to being infested with scale bugs, which can also cause leaves to drop until the plant is treated. Neem Oil is a great, natural pesticide that is highly effective and safe for regular plant protection.