If you can’t tell or don’t know my husband and I are a bit plant obsessed. Especially my husband, but don’t tell him I told you that. lol Now before my husband I wasn’t really a fan of plants, its not that I didn’t like them, I just didn’t want to deal with the responsibility that comes with them. Until I discovered the awesomeness of a Rubber Tree! Unlike most indoor plants Rubber Trees are incredibly easy to grow and maintain. Which is why I’ve put together a simple guide to growing your own. Especially for those of you who are bit negligent when it comes to our plants.
Let’s start with the basics.
Rubber trees are medium sized houseplants that can be grown as one stem by itself or multiple stems in one pot. In our house we have three rubber trees growing out of one. Both my husband and I enjoy the multi stem look more then a single plant. It just looks fuller when its surrounded by friends. But keep in mind if your going to grow a multi stem tree you need to have the right size pot. If you have a single tree or want to keep your plant small, keep it in a small pot so the roots can become root bound restricting growth.
Once you’ve chosen your perfect Rubber Tree, its time to pot your new friend. And I hate to break it to you but each plant varies on its soil needs. For a rubber tree your going to need a well draining soil. My husband likes to mix together, Miracle Grow ‘Succulent and Palm’ mix , pea gravel to allow for good drainage, and perlite to keep the soil light and fluffy. Who would have thought you need to mix three different parts together to make the perfect blend of soil for a plant?!
Now that your rubber tree is potted its time to find him or her the perfect spot in your home.
Finding just the right amount of light for a plant is a pain in the butt! Especially if you want them to grow well. For a rubber tree your going to want bright indirect light up to part sun. But never full sun, you’ll burn your plant. The exception to this rule is a variegated rubber tree. A variegated rubber tree needs the additional lighting to keep its two toned color!
And last but not least water.
Over or under watering is always tricky when it comes to plants. I’m someone who constantly forgets to water our plants. I swear if it wasn’t for my husband I’d only own snake plants and cacti, because nothing else would survive. Be sure when your watering your rubber tree you don’t over water them. Rubber trees don’t want to be moist or bone dry they want to be kept somewhere in the middle. Our rubber tree doesn’t have a whole in the pot, so watering him can be a little tricky since he doesn’t have a way to allow water to drain out. So on average our rubber tree is watered once a week, to allow the top inch to two inches of soil to dry out.
- Here’s a watering tip, if your going to be watering your plants with tap water, be sure to fill a pot up of water the night before to allow all the chlorine to evaporate from the water. Otherwise over time the chlorine can cause damage to the plant. This tip goes for any plant.
And there you have it my rubber tree at a glance guide! If you add one of these beauties to your home be sure to tag me on instagram (#creatinghomewithwhit) so I can see your rubber tree.