How To Care For A Rubber Plant

How To Care For A Rubber Plant


I’m Jasmine and I’m going to show you
how to grow and care for a rubber plant. If you think the Ficus elastica is the
name of the battleship in Star Wars, you would be wrong. It’s actually the botanical name of the
rubber plant; a very popular indoor plant with green and burgundy, shiny leaves. It’s a hardy and low-maintenance plant and
has the added benefit of removing chemical toxins from the air. If you are looking for a stylish
and easy-to-care-for plant, the rubber plant is for you. ♪ [music] ♪ To look after your rubber plant,
you will need EcoPest oil, a spray bottle of water,
a pair of gloves, and a damp cloth. Rubber plants prefer bright,
indirect light that isn’t too hot. Direct sunlight can result in scorched
leaves and you don’t want to burn rubber. During summer when the air is dry,
water enough so the soil stays moist. During the winter months,
you’ll only need to water once or twice a month. When the leaves get droopy,
it may mean that you’re not watering enough. If the leaves go yellow or brown,
make sure you put the watering can down as you’re overwatering
your rubber plant. Cleaning your plant isn’t just to make the
leaves nice and shiny; it also will help the plant breathe
and remove toxins from the air. You’ll need to prune your rubber plant to
promote growth and control the size. It’s best to prune in the spring and avoid
in the winter, although the rubber plant can be pruned at any time of year. If you find any pests or bugs on your
rubber plant, take a photo, take it to your nearest Bunnings store,
find a team member, and they’ll find a product to help you. This plant has mealybugs,
so I’ll be using an EcoPest oil to remove the problem. Mealybugs are a common
problem for indoor plants. You’ll find them in the new growth of your
plant. EcoPest oil is specially formulated
to kill a lot of insects, including mealybugs. If you notice that your rubber plant has
any insect, make sure you remove it from all your other plants. As you see, rubber plants are really easy
to look after and they’re a great addition to your home.

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