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Ficus elastica Abidjan

Latin name

Ficus elastica


Fy-kus ee-LAS-ti-kuh

Common name

Rubber Plant


Ficus elastica is native to southeastern Asia, particularly regions of India and Indonesia.

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Ficus elastica, commonly known as the Rubber Plant, is a popular and attractive houseplant cherished for its glossy, broad leaves and air-purifying qualities. This resilient plant can be a striking addition to your indoor environment, and it’s relatively easy to care for.

Caring for your plant



Ficus elastica thrives in bright, indirect light. Place it near a window with filtered sunlight or in a well-lit room where it can receive ample but indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, too little light can result in leggy growth and reduced leaf variegation.


Maintain moderately consistent soil moisture for the Ficus elastica. Water when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry to the touch, typically every 1-2 weeks, depending on the season and humidity levels. Avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot, and ensure that the pot has good drainage.


Pruning can help shape and maintain the Ficus elastica’s appearance. Trim any leggy growth or dead/damaged leaves using clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears. To encourage bushier growth, pinch back the tips of new growth. Spring or early summer is an ideal time for pruning.


Ficus elastica benefits from regular feeding during the growing season (spring and summer). Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength and apply it every 4-6 weeks. Reduce or eliminate fertilizer in the winter when the plant’s growth slows.

Pest & Diseases

Common pests that can affect Ficus elastica include mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insects. Regularly inspect the plant, especially the undersides of leaves, for signs of infestation and treat promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil if needed. Additionally, maintain proper humidity levels to prevent dry indoor conditions that can attract pests.

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