Ficus Elastica Ruby - Variegated Rubber Tree

Betcha can’t guess what colour Ficus Elastica Ruby is? Posh rubber plant with green, cream, pink and red variegation - spark any ideas? She's a well-loved rubber plant favourite across the nation. Pop Ruby on your desk, brighten a bookcase and bring some life into the bedroom but be super careful not to plant Ruby in the ground, geesh she'll grow way too big! 

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Description

Rubes will suit every room in the house, and she likes bright light, but be careful not to place her in direct sunlight, or she’ll burn.

Ruby is easy to care for. Plant her up in free-draining compost and only water when the compost is dry down to a few centimetres. Wipe the leaves down if they get dusty, and that’s it. Yes, really! If you need any more help, read our blog.

If you notice colours have faded, she needs a bit more light. Put her closer to a window, and she’ll be back to her full glory in no time.

  • Description
  • Rubes will suit every room in the house, and she likes bright light, but be careful not to place her in direct sunlight, or she’ll burn.

    Ruby is easy to care for. Plant her up in free-draining compost and only water when the compost is dry down to a few centimetres. Wipe the leaves down if they get dusty, and that’s it. Yes, really! If you need any more help, read our blog.

    If you notice colours have faded, she needs a bit more light. Put her closer to a window, and she’ll be back to her full glory in no time.

  • Quick Facts
    • What to use me for: I’m an ideal houseplant that brings colour to a gloomy corner
    • I grow to: I’ll reach several metres if my roots aren’t constrained. 
    • Where to place me: Bright, indirect light will keep me glowing. Ficus are sensitive to hot and cold air drafts. They prefer humidity and warm temperatures, so anything to aid in maintaining a tepid environment will help keep your plant happy and healthy.
    • Soil Conditions:  Well-drained soil, please. 

    *Please note if planted in the natural ground these plants grow very large and have invasive roots so we recommend keeping them in a pot. 

  • Size
  • I come potted in 50mm nursery grow pots and will grow big! I'm a great feature plant. Grow me into the next size pot gradually for best results. And give me a pot with a hole in it, please! 

  • Growing
  • Place Ruby in a nice spot where she can receive bright, indirect light. Too much direct sun will only scorch her leaves, but she will not fare well in low light spaces (no plant really does). Her pinkish tint to her leaves will be most prominently visible if she is kept inadequate light. 

    Overwatering is the biggest killer of Rubes, and she will display this with yellowing, dropping leaves. However, her older leaves will also yellow and drop, so if you observe this happening, be sure to pay attention to which leaves are dropping, and check the moisture levels of the soil before reaching your conclusion. Changes in location, light, and temperature may also cause her stress and result in leaf drop, so don't be surprised if she loses a couple when you first introduce it to your space.

    Rotate your Ruby periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust her leaves often so she can photosynthesize. 

    It's good to note that Ruby is easier than her sister the Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig tree). 

     

     

Description

Rubes will suit every room in the house, and she likes bright light, but be careful not to place her in direct sunlight, or she’ll burn.

Ruby is easy to care for. Plant her up in free-draining compost and only water when the compost is dry down to a few centimetres. Wipe the leaves down if they get dusty, and that’s it. Yes, really! If you need any more help, read our blog.

If you notice colours have faded, she needs a bit more light. Put her closer to a window, and she’ll be back to her full glory in no time.

Quick Facts

  • What to use me for: I’m an ideal houseplant that brings colour to a gloomy corner
  • I grow to: I’ll reach several metres if my roots aren’t constrained. 
  • Where to place me: Bright, indirect light will keep me glowing. Ficus are sensitive to hot and cold air drafts. They prefer humidity and warm temperatures, so anything to aid in maintaining a tepid environment will help keep your plant happy and healthy.
  • Soil Conditions:  Well-drained soil, please. 

*Please note if planted in the natural ground these plants grow very large and have invasive roots so we recommend keeping them in a pot. 

Size

I come potted in 50mm nursery grow pots and will grow big! I'm a great feature plant. Grow me into the next size pot gradually for best results. And give me a pot with a hole in it, please! 

Growing

Place Ruby in a nice spot where she can receive bright, indirect light. Too much direct sun will only scorch her leaves, but she will not fare well in low light spaces (no plant really does). Her pinkish tint to her leaves will be most prominently visible if she is kept inadequate light. 

Overwatering is the biggest killer of Rubes, and she will display this with yellowing, dropping leaves. However, her older leaves will also yellow and drop, so if you observe this happening, be sure to pay attention to which leaves are dropping, and check the moisture levels of the soil before reaching your conclusion. Changes in location, light, and temperature may also cause her stress and result in leaf drop, so don't be surprised if she loses a couple when you first introduce it to your space.

Rotate your Ruby periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust her leaves often so she can photosynthesize. 

It's good to note that Ruby is easier than her sister the Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig tree). 

 

 

Quick Facts

  • What to use me for: I’m an ideal houseplant that brings colour to a gloomy corner
  • I grow to: I’ll reach several metres if my roots aren’t constrained. 
  • Where to place me: Bright, indirect light will keep me glowing. Ficus are sensitive to hot and cold air drafts. They prefer humidity and warm temperatures, so anything to aid in maintaining a tepid environment will help keep your plant happy and healthy.
  • Soil Conditions:  Well-drained soil, please. 

*Please note if planted in the natural ground these plants grow very large and have invasive roots so we recommend keeping them in a pot. 

Size

I come potted in 50mm nursery grow pots and will grow big! I'm a great feature plant. Grow me into the next size pot gradually for best results. And give me a pot with a hole in it, please! 

Growing

Place Ruby in a nice spot where she can receive bright, indirect light. Too much direct sun will only scorch her leaves, but she will not fare well in low light spaces (no plant really does). Her pinkish tint to her leaves will be most prominently visible if she is kept inadequate light. 

Overwatering is the biggest killer of Rubes, and she will display this with yellowing, dropping leaves. However, her older leaves will also yellow and drop, so if you observe this happening, be sure to pay attention to which leaves are dropping, and check the moisture levels of the soil before reaching your conclusion. Changes in location, light, and temperature may also cause her stress and result in leaf drop, so don't be surprised if she loses a couple when you first introduce it to your space.

Rotate your Ruby periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust her leaves often so she can photosynthesize. 

It's good to note that Ruby is easier than her sister the Ficus lyrata (Fiddle Leaf Fig tree). 

 

 

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