The Ficus Burgundy Rubber Plant is a strikingly dark specimen that will make your houseplant collection stand out.
The thick, glossy leaves will change in color if their sun exposure varies and keeps you on your toes year-long. This plant is native to North-Eastern India and is known for its sticky sap giving it the nickname rubber plant.
The Ficus Burgundy plant is an excellent indoor houseplant for any room in the house including offices, bathrooms, bedrooms, or sunrooms. The low maintenance qualities allow it to be grown almost anywhere and with ease! There are many benefits to growing Ficus Elastica Burgundy inside your home. They are known for purifying the air and have a high transpiration rate, meaning they increase humidity rates. Houseplants are also known to boost your mood and decrease stress and anxiety.
Ficus Burgundy Care
With proper watering, sunlight, fertilization, and soil, you can keep your Ficus Burgundy plant happy and healthy. Simply water once a week (or as needed), repot every 2-3 years when it outgrows its container, and fertilize annually. Fertilizing will boost yearly growth, root development, and provide the nutrients rubber trees need to thrive. Clean off the burgundy-colored tree leaves with a soft cloth and a tiny amount of liquid, like a plant polisher or filtered water. This will help filtered sunlight to penetrate the leaves for healthy growth.
You can grow this Burgundy Rubber Ficus outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10-11 year round. In colder locations, you will need to bring your Ficus Burgundy indoors when temperatures drop below 50 F. Otherwise, feel free to keep your burgundy rubber plant inside all year with proper sunlight.
How to Water Rubber Plants
Rubber Ficus plants do poorly in consistently wet soil, so using a pot with a drainage hole is a must. Water your Ficus Burgundy Rubber Plant when the top 1-2 inches of your soil is dry, usually once every week or two. Do not provide excess water to your plant, as it can drown the root ball which will cause root rot. If your rubber plant pot has no drainage hole then keep rocks or marbles in the bottom as a good alternative.
Ficus Burgundy Light Requirements
The Burgundy Rubber tree requires bright, indirect light. A south or east facing window is best to provide optimum sun exposure. This plant will tolerate low light conditions, but the leaves will fade into a light green color. You may notice larger leaves if the plant is kept in low-light conditions. Keep away from vents or windows that may produce cold or warm drafts and could potentially harm the plant. Direct sunlight can scorch or burn the leaves and is not advised.
When to Repot Ficus Burgundy?
You may need to repot your rubber plant every 1-3 years when it becomes rootbound. Only repot during the active growing seasons of spring or summer. Ficus Burgundy potting soil should be well-draining and amended with lots of nutrients. Any indoor potting mix or succulent soil should work well and you can always add extra perlite to improve drainage.
How Fast Does Ficus Burgundy Grow
With perfect growing conditions, you can see growth rates of 1-2 feet per year. An annual application of fertilizer will help speed up this process by providing minerals and nutrients the plant needs to grow. Ficus Burgundy indoors plants will not grow as quickly without adequate filtered light or sunlight.
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Check out our Indoor Plant Care Guide for more in-depth information about growing rubber trees.
Ficus elastica 'Burgundy'
- Dark glossy red leaves
- Low maintenance
- Air purifying qualities