Ficus elastica 'Rubber Plant Tineke'

6” pot, plant is 2-3’ tall, will ship semi bare root if it needs to be shipped

Sun requirement: Indoor
Care instructions: 1 Locate the rubber tree plant in an area with bright, indirect light or partial sun, which is sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. This plant needs protection from hot summer sun beating in through the windows. Keep the rubber tree in an area with temperatures that reach about 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 65 degrees at night. 2 Place the plant's container on a water catch tray or in a sink. Pour water in the top of the container until water drains out the bottom. Remove any water that drains into the tray. Water the plant whenever the soil starts to dry out during the active growing season. During the winter, water less often, letting the soil dry out before watering again. 3 Dip a soft cloth in water and wring it out. Wipe the dust off leaves whenever they become dirty. Sometimes rubber plant leaves develop stains from water splashing onto them. Mix a small amount of hand soap into the water used to clean the leaves to aid in removing stains. 4 Mix water-soluble fertilizer into the water once every two months when the rubber tree is grown in high light. If the plant is growing in medium light, feed it every four months. 5 Watch indoor rubber trees for scale, aphid, mealybug and spider mite infestations. Keeping the leaves clean discourages these insects. Mist the leaves with a mixture of 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 1 part water if you discover these pests. 6 Repot the rubber tree when it needs to be watered every day or if the plant seems too large for the pot. If roots creep out of the container’s bottom, transplant into a larger plant pot. Plant the tree in a container a couple of inches larger than its current container for best results.

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