Happy at home in the rainforest
Our houseplant friends never forget their roots, and they’ll always be the most content when their surroundings mimic their natural environment. With veins full of latex, the rubber tree gave birth to its namesake with ease and is still used in the commercial production of rubber to this day. Your household plant won’t be much use for that; he’s a bit too small. On rubber farms they grow over 100 feet tall and can live for up to a century. Even indoors your own plant will keep on growing, though. He likes to stand tall and you’ll have two choices when he’s getting a bit big for his boots. You can either re-pot him and let him carry on, or replace the top 10cm of soil in his current pot to restrict his growth. The choice is yours!
A little helping hand - With every houseplant we send out you get a handy little guide to help your new plant live its best life, including where they'll want to live and how often they like to drink.
As with a lot of rainforest dwellers, bright, indirect light is the rubber tree’s friend. Too much will scorch those lovely dark leaves, and too little could make them start to yellow, so keep an eye out for warning signs and adjust his position accordingly. Warmth is also a must, and you’ll start to see drastically drooping leaves if he’s feeling chilly. If this happens, just move him closer to the radiator and wait patiently for him to perk back up again.
Our elasticated super hero has similar warning signs for light and water problems, so judging them is going to be your job. Don’t worry, though; it’s a pretty simple rule as they go. If the leaves on this houseplant are turning yellow it could be a sign of overwatering, but if the soil is bone dry that won’t be the case so it’s a light issue. Similarly if they’re drooping then he could be cold, but he also might need a good drink. Always check the soil before you make your decision. Keep a mister to hand as well because this guy likes it humid.
Not one to play by any rules, it seems, this guy is safe if ingested by humans but highly toxic to pets, especially dogs. If it barks or meows, don’t let it nibble.
Native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, this ancient traveller was used by early Aztecs to waterproof their clothing and make their own shoes. He’s never skipped a leg day and it shows – his roots are massive, and have been known to damage pavements and water lines. He’s a fast grower, so if you’re looking for a plant with a reward he’s definitely your man. As a side note, don’t panic if there are raised white dots on his leaves. They’re just there for show.
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