Pink plants are in style right now! The Ficus Elastica ‘Ruby’ shrub is another form of a Pink Variegated Rubber plant that has become increasingly grown indoors and for good reason!
With stunning pink, white, and green leaves that are splashed with brilliant colors – the Ficus Ruby plant does require more natural light than most houseplants to keep the colors coming through bright and bold. The beautiful tri-color leaves will leave your guests wondering where this exotic plant came from.
The Ruby Ficus Elastica 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 Ficus Elastica benefits to growing it inside your home. They are one of the very best plants for purifying the air and have a high transpiration rate meaning they increase humidity rates. Not only that, but houseplants are known to boost your mood and decrease stress and anxiety.
Ficus Elastica Ruby Care
With proper watering, sunlight, fertilization, and soil, you can keep your Ruby Ficus plant happy and healthy. Once you get the whole process down, it’s simply a once a week watering (or less), repotting every 2-3 years as it outgrows its container, and fertilizing annually for yearly growth, root development, and to provide the nutrients variegated rubber trees need to survive. We’ll explain more about this in the paragraphs below.
You can grow this pink plant outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10-11, and any location outdoors for spring, summer, and fall. In colder locations, it will need to be moved indoors when temperatures drop below 50 F.
How to Water Rubber Plants
Pink rubber plants don’t like wet feet and having it in a pot with a drainage hole at the bottom of the pot is a must. Water the soil of the Ficus Ruby Rubber Plant when it feels dry to touch, usually about once every week or two. The worst thing you can do is provide excess water to your plant which can drown the root balls and cause root rot or yellow leaves. Don’t allow the soil to become bone dry, you want a consistent watering frequency.
Ruby Ficus Light Requirements
The Variegated Ficus Elastica does require bright, indirect light to keep the large leaves thriving. A south or east facing window is best to provide optimum sun exposure. Keep away from A/c vents or windows that may produce cold drafts and harm the plant. Direct sunlight can scorch or burn the leaves and is not advised. If you are not seeing adequate variegation on your plant’s leaves, then it should be moved into an area with brighter light conditions. The more sunlight it receives the more the variegation will come out. Another symptom of too little light may be that the plant is dropping leaves – adjust accordingly!
When to Repot Ficus Elastica
You may need to repot your baby rubber plant every so often when it becomes rootbound or needs a bigger pot. Only repot during the active growing seasons of spring or summer. Ficus elastica potting soil should be well draining and fertile with lots of nutrients to enhance the life of the indoor plant. Any indoor potting mix or succulent soil should work perfectly fine and you can always add extra perlite if you think it needs to drain more.
How Fast Does Ficus Elastica 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 elastica indoors plants will not grow as quickly without sunlight to help them grow.
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Check out our Indoor Plant Care Guide for more in-depth information about growing rubber trees.
Ficus elastica 'Ruby'
- Pink variegated leaves
- Low maintenance
- Air purifying qualities