Rubber plant care – expert advice on this low-maintenance and fast-growing indoor plant

1. Choose The Right Spot For A Rubber Plant

Finding your rubber plant's happy place is important if you want it to thrive. 'Keeping a consistent temperature is optimum for a rubber plant, so avoid drafty spots and areas near radiators or air conditioning units,' says Teresa.

2. Look After The Leaves Of Your Rubber Plant

The leaves of a rubber plant are perhaps its biggest attraction. Mist them regularly to replicate the native jungle-like environment it thrives in and it will return the favor with lots of lush leaves, just like the peace lily plant.

3. Don't Overwater A Rubber Plant

Aim to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Overwatering is a common problem with many indoor plants from Christmas cacti to orchids. Rubber plants often fall prey to this too.

4. Provide Them With Feed

New rubber plants usually don't need feeding for the first three to six months as they are potted up in nutrient-rich compost. But once your rubber plant has been settled at home for a while it will start to need a regular top-up of nutrients.

5. Repot Them Regularly

Rubber plants grow fast, much more quickly than most other houseplants, except perhaps spider plants that is. Because of their vigorous growth rate, yours will eventually need upgrading to a larger pot. If your plant gets too root bound in its current pot, it won't be able to take up water and nutrients so easily, which will result in an underperforming plant that doesn't have room to thrive.

6. Prune To Encourage Growth

Sometimes rubber plants become leggy, so you need to tidy them up. When it comes to pruning try to do this in late winter, so any cut marks will be hidden by a new flush of spring growth. The stems of rubber plants leak white sap when cut which eventually turns black when exposed to oxygen, so the stems can end up looking a little messy unless disguised by foliage.

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