I'm rubber (tree)
I've got leaves for days
And like bright, indirect light, too
OK, so that's not quite how the second grade version went, but we took some liberties - #plantladylife! Sticks and stones aside, this rubber tree will be your very best plant pal with an easy watering schedule and a little light. Follow our top tricks and tips to get your rubber tree to the top of their class, no extra credit required!
First and foremost, H2O! We all know that plants need water but did you know that most houseplants only require a weekly hydration session? For this variegated beauty, we recommend starting with one cup, once a week. Pro tip: try watering from the bottom up! We know - it sounds weird! Remove the inner plastic pot from the ceramic vessel and add your water to the bottom. Replace the plastic pot. Easy, right? If you're feeling old school, the tried and true method of watering the soil works, too.
Let there be light! Rubber trees are more of a "more is more" tupe of plant pal when it comes to sunlight. As always, keep her out of your hottest, brightest, window but a spot a few feet away is a good starting point! Pro tip: watch carefully for browning edges, drooping leaves or spots! All are signs that your water-to-sunlight ratio is off. A little more sun should have her right as rain!
One last pro tip: Give your plant a little green cleaning every couple of weeks! The rubber tree's large leaves are great dust collectors - it travels with the carbon dioxide she is sucking in! Give her an assist and gently wipe her leaves with a soft, damp cloth. Clean one leaf at a time by gently holding the bottom of the leaf with one hand and wiping with the other. This two-handed method will help to avoid tearing. Last, we'd skip any chemicals like leaf shine here as they can clog her plant pores. If you're craving a more potent polish, add a drop of olive oil to your damp cloth for a natural, mirror-like finish!