Striking and stylish, boasting glossy broad leaves with a deep burgundy tint. Tropical and retro vibes add character and warmth to your home.
Growing Pot Size: Available in 10cm and 25cm
- The Rubber Tree originates from India and Indonesia.
- She’s a medium to large-sized houseplant, growing to between 30cm and 2m tall.
- A lover of bright indirect sunlight. Can withstand lower light levels.
- Toxic. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Growing Pot Size: 10cm and 25cm
Rubber Tree 'Burgundy' : Air Purification & Toxicity
Not just a pretty face - Rubber Trees are air-purifying plants and will help to clean airborne toxins from your home. However, be careful when handling the plant as a sticky latex will ooze from the end of cut stems and this can be an irritant to the skin. Just be sure to wash your hands afterwards.
Care Level - Easy
This is not a fussy houseplant. In fact, Rubber Trees tend to grow with more vitality and vigour when they are left alone. This plant is not needy when it comes to watering - you can comfortably let the top 5cm of soil dry out in between watering. She will also cope with lower light levels, so will suit those shadier areas of your home.
How To Care For Your Rubber Tree 'Burgundy'
Light: Rubber Trees like indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight which can cause scorching to the leaves. She can also handle some shade but keep an eye out for leaf drop as this is a sign that light levels are too low.
Water: Only water this plant once the top 5cm of soil has dried out! The easiest way to kill your Rubber Tree is by overwatering it. Ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes.
Fertilizer: In spring and summer, feed with a diluted liquid feed every two weeks.
Humidity: This plant does not require above-average levels of humidity. Normal room humidity is just fine! However, in warmer periods, she will benefit from misting with clean water.
Maintenance: If your Rubber Tree is growing tall, you can prune her back by cutting off the top stem.
Soil: Pot in a well-draining, well-aerated compost. Top tip! Add coarse sand or perlite to an all-purpose compost to improve its drainage capacity.
Temperature: She will thrive in average room temperatures, between 16-24°C. Over cold winters, it may be a good idea to move her away from cold drafts and windows.
Rubber Tree 'Burgundy' - Common Problems and Questions
Help! The leaves of my Rubber Tree are dropping!
This is likely to be the result of either over-watering or low light levels. This plant does not like to sit in damp wet soil, and in fact, she will thrive if you leave the soil to dry out more regularly. Simply use your finger to test the moisture in the soil before watering the pot. If the top 5cm of soil is still damp, hold off on the watering. Alternatively, light levels may be too low. Consider how many hours of bright indirect sunlight she is receiving and gently move to a brighter position if necessary.
Why are my Rubber Tree’s leaves turning yellow at the edges?
This is a symptom of over-watering or lack of nutrients. As explained above, check and consider the moisture content in the soil. If the soil is wet and heavy, move the plant to a warm area and ensure the soil dries out completely before re-watering. Otherwise, she may be in need of feeding. You can use a diluted liquid feed every two weeks during the growing season, or add a mulch of fresh compost to the top of the pot to replenish nutrients in the soil.
How often should I repot my Rubber Tree?
When the plant is young, you can repot each year in springtime if the roots are pot-bound. Once the plant has matured, repot every 2-3 years. However, it would be a good idea to change the soil each year - keeping the same pot size.
How can I prevent the leaves of my Rubber Tree from getting dusty?
Gently wipe the leaves with a clean, damp cloth and some lukewarm water. Be sure not to tear the leaves! This can be carried out as regularly as necessary and it will prevent the stomata in the leaf surfaces from becoming clogged.