Ficus elastica (rubber tree) is part of the ficus family and is native to Southeast and East Asia. In the wild, the rubber tree can grow up to 100 feet tall and contains a thick sap which indigenous peoples have been tapping to produce latex for centuries. Thank them for your Trojans.
Our 4' tall ficus elastica tree has been expertly crafted by one family-owned grower in Florida for over 40 years. Hurricanes, fungus, and pests have ravaged their small crops over the years, but they have overcome each setback to continue growing these amazing plants.
The secret to these beautiful corner pieces is that while other growers take a cutting from a larger rubber tree to propagate smaller trees, these trees are grown by air layering, a process whereby cuttings are attached to larger older trees and wrapped in moss and cloning formula while new roots are grown. The new growth is then cut at around 3 feet tall, which forces the branches to sprout sideways out of the top to form its beautiful 'Y' shape. The end result is a much thicker trunk and disease-resistant plant as the entire process takes two painstaking growth cycles. Other growers' 4' tall rubber trees are grown in only one cycle, as such they have much thinner trunks and no distinctive tree shape.
Supplies are extremely limited and not available year round, and each year the family wavers on whether to grow them the following year, so get yours before they disappear.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- 10" nursery pot with drainage holes. Recommend transplanting within 1 year into a vessel 1-2 inches larger using regular potting mix.
- Clean leaves with damp paper towel or coconut oil every 1-2 weeks to aid photosynthesis and stimulate growth. Check leaves and stalks for pests while cleaning. For more information on the importance of cleaning leaves, read our guide here.
- If pests are found, remove with damp paper towel and use a mild organic pesticide in a spray bottle to coat the affected areas. More information on common pest problems can be found here.
- Toxic to pets, contact your veterinarian in the event that sap, leaves, or any part of plant is ingested.
- Water thoroughly once per week and allow excess water to run out the drainage holes in the nursery pot or whichever vessel you transplant into. You can find some fundamental rules of watering here.
- Medium to high indirect light, can tolerate direct sun, however avoid windows as they amplify the sun's intensity and create heat that may damage plant. You can find our plant placement guidelines here.
SHIPPING AND RETURNS
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All items are shipped from Florida on Mondays or Tuesdays to allow for maximum continuous transit time while avoiding time spent sitting in warehouses, trucks, or other distribution points over the weekend. Depending on your location and the weather conditions across the country, we may be forced to hold on shipping until conditions improve as we have had items freeze while sitting in Chicago for four days and get delayed due to heavy holiday volume (Mother's Day, Christmas, etc.). We will make every attempt to ship your item promptly on the very next Monday or Tuesday given that there are no anomalies in shipping conditions.
Items received in a damaged condition will be refunded immediately as we investigate the cause of the issue with the shipper. Returns will not be accepted, please dispose of any unusable items after they have been refunded.