ERASER THE FICUS TINEKE
Also known as the rubber bush, rubber fig, Indian rubber tree and rubber plant. The rubber plant is native to Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
Eraser prefers a well lit and bright room but will not tolerate direct sunlight as this will burn his leaves. Place him near a window with shutters or blinds that can offer filtered bright light or at least a metre away from any big window. Lighting-wise Eraser pairs perfectly with Freya and Monty.
Eraser prefers his soil on the dry side and can go many weeks without water. He can store a lot of water in his leaves and is very drought tolerant. In the winter months he might only need a small drink once a month. Increase his watering schedule as the summer months approach but be careful not to allow his soil to get overly wet or soggy.
Eraser prefers a warm room away from any draughty windows. Keep the temperatures consistent and between 18ºC-24ºC. The warmer the temperatures the more often you’ll have to water him.
Eraser is slow growing but can be given a diluted houseplant fertiliser once a month from the months of March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months. This will shock Eraser’s root system.
Eraser will be happy in his original pot for the first 2-3 years. Only re-pot Eraser when you notice plenty of large roots sticking out of his nursery pot. This is a sign that he has outgrown his current home and is ready for a bigger size. Do not re-pot in the winter months as this could send Eraser into shock during his dormancy period.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR RUBBER PLANT
Brown leaves - This could happen for a couple of reasons
- Eraser might be reacting badly to the chemicals found in tap water. Use filtered or rain water if possible. (this is not very common in rubber plants but still a possible factor).
- Eraser has been overwatered. Check to make sure the soil is dry before you water again.
Drooping foliage - Drooping foliage is a sign that Eraser is ready for a drink. Allow his soil to dry out in between waterings and only water when the first few inches of soil are bone dry.
Lower leaf loss - Lower leaf loss is very common especially towards the end of the summer months. If the problem continues it would be best to reduce your watering schedule.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Clean Eraser’s leaves for dust every week so he can absorb as much light as possible.
Top tip 2: Less is more! He will thrive with a little neglect and is happy to go a few weeks without water at a time.
Top tip 3: Keep Eraser away from any curious pets or young children. He is mildly toxic if ingested.