The most significant part about this plant is that it is extremely easy to grow, care for, and propagate.
Perfect to brighten up a corner in your living space, this plant is sure to give your home a welcoming touch and a cozy vibe.
Burgundy Rubber Plant is native to Southern Asia and found in some neighboring countries as well. When placed in the open air from the start, this plant can reach a great height of about 60 meters.
However, when kept inside the house, it can go up to six to ten meters tall.
It is better to choose a baby burgundy plant if you intend to use it for indoor purposes, as it will be more likely to adapt to an indoor environment.
On the contrary, bringing a mature plant inside the house may not show the best growth due to a sudden change in temperature and humidity level.
The botanical name of this plant is Ficus Elastica (the word ‘elastica’ referring to its elastic nature and uses).
- 1 Burgundy Rubber Plant Care
- 2 Common Problems for Burgundy Rubber Plant
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions About Burgundy Rubber Plant Care
- 3.1 How to tell if the plant needs more water or the water routine should be controlled?
- 3.2 Should I cut my Burgundy Rubber plant’s yellow leaves?
- 3.3 Should I take any precautions when caring for burgundy rubber plants?
- 3.4 Is my rubber plant under-watered?
- 3.5 If I decide to prune my plant, should I wear anything on my hands?
- 4 Conclusion
Burgundy Rubber Plant Care
Burgundy rubber plants thrive when you expose them to direct sunlight, place them in an area with temperatures between 65-78 degrees Fahrenheit (18-26 degrees Celsius), and water them when the soil’s top 3 inches (7.6cm) are dry. A humidity of 50% or more is perfect for burgundy rubber plants. Provide this plant with a soil mix containing parts peat moss, perlite, and pine bark.
Although the burgundy rubber plant can survive in the bright direct light of the sun, it is best to keep it under shaded light to prevent discoloration of the leaves.
Otherwise, the soft velvety texture of the leaves will soon be burnt, and you will be left with crisp and weakened discolored leaves.
Inappropriate light to this plant also is another cause for the yellowing of its leaves.
To provide the best light conditions for your plant, choose a spot in your living room and place the plant under a window facing in the eastern direction.
The best potting mix for your burgundy rubber plant can be made at home by mixing one part each of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark.
However, if you want to use a store-bought one, go for the potting mix that offers the best aeration.
A humidity of 50% or more is perfect for burgundy rubber plants.
There is no limit when it comes to humidity requirements for these plants.
All species of rubber plants thrive greatly on humidity, and therefore, you do not need to worry about limiting the humidity level in your space.
It is wise to invest in a good humidifier to balance the humidity for your plant.
You can also mist the plant regularly so that they have enough moisture and growth is not stunned.
The burgundy rubber plant is very susceptible to soggy soil in the bottom of the pot, which later causes rotting of the root.
This can be extremely bad as rotten roots will eventually deteriorate the whole plant and fade its lush burgundy color.
To avoid that, check the upper part of the plant soil, about two inches to three inches, and see if it is still wet. If yes, be patient and allow the soil to absorb the remaining water.
The way to water this plant is to make sure its soil’s top 3 inches are dry before another watering session. You can do this by simply inserting one of your fingers vertically in the soil and checking for moisture.
If you are taking care of Burgundy Rubber Plant, controlling the temperature is what you need to put your best at.
This plant is extremely susceptible to changes in temperature and can not tolerate drastic temperature changes in times of relocation of the plant.
Always make sure that you adjust the plant temperature slowly and gradually. This process will take many days, a month at most, but it is only for the best growth of your plant.
If shifted to a colder environment suddenly, it will show signs of drooping leaves and stained ends.
The optimum temperature for a burgundy rubber plant is 65 Fahrenheit to 78 Fahrenheit (18 to 25 degrees Celsius).
The Burgundy rubber plant does not need frequent fertilizing.
In fact, regular feeding should be avoided as fertilizing more than once a month can have adverse effects and lead to discolored leaves and attract certain insects, depending upon the type of fertilizer used.
However, for this plant, it is recommended to choose a water-soluble slow-release fertilizer that helps the plant’s optimum growth.
Cutting the plant at regular intervals and adjusting its size helps the overall body of the plant to stay strong and develop more side shoots.
To prune the plant, choose a few stems that have become extremely tall and could use a nice cut, and gently wipe with a disinfectant.
Once you have cleaned the stems, cut the stems with a sharp object such as a knife or a secateur. As the few central stems of the plant become smaller, they develop the potential to regrow exponentially.
As this plant grows rapidly and can reach incredible heights very quickly, it is implied that it needs repotting every once in a while, preferably once in a year.
To repot, make sure that you use fresh potting mix so that the soil is new and carries the potential to support a newly repotted plant.
Since this plant has large leaves and the pot is relatively small, you can add a fine layer of small stones right at the bottom of the pot so that it acts as additional weight to support the plant.
As the leaves grow, this previously added layer of stones will help them to keep a fine balance and not tip over.
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Common Problems for Burgundy Rubber Plant
The most common problem with burgundy rubber plants is that the leaves start to turn yellow. While this is a very prevalent issue in this plant, figuring out the true cause behind this is tricky.
Yellow leaves can occur in your plant for many reasons, such as moisture, humidity level, soil mixture, and pests, of course.
Soil moisture can significantly contribute to yellow leaves, which should otherwise be burgundy in color. Soil moisture’s referring to the water amount your plants hold in themselves when you water them.
To tackle this, you will need to adopt a strict watering routine so that you can accurately measure when your plant needs water and when it should be avoided.
Ensure the soil’s top 3 inches are dry. Moreover, make sure that water flows from the plant pot’s bottom drainage hole.
Once you see the water flowing, you can stop watering the plant as it means that the water has reached the entire soil surface.
The humidity level is another factor contributing to yellow leaves.
This is because of low humidity levels, in which this plant faces a shortage of enough moisture and, therefore, leads to discoloration of the leaves.
If humidity levels are not controlled for a long time, the plant may also be susceptible to death.
Moreover, if placed in a spot with harsh rays of the sunlight, the beautiful burgundy color in your leaves will soon change to light green and, eventually, yellow.
To prevent this, placing the plant pot in a shade pot is recommended when enough indirect sunlight can reach the plant.
Keep in mind that the plant loves sunlight for longer periods, but it should always be indirect. Otherwise, the foliage is prone to burn and deteriorate.
Burgundy rubber plant, owing to its wonderful shaded colors, attracts a lot of insects and pests. If the plant has been weakened due to insufficient light or water, it will be more susceptible to plant diseases.
Some of the most insects found on this plant are spider mites and mealybugs.
Thorough care should be taken when dealing with these plant insects. If witnessed early, they can be easily wiped off with a soft microfiber cloth dipped in detergent.
However, if the harmful insect has penetrated deep into the stem and roots of the plant, you will need to repot the plant immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions About Burgundy Rubber Plant Care
How to tell if the plant needs more water or the water routine should be controlled?
Touch the leaves very gently and try to feel their texture on their hands. If the leaves come off in crumbs when you touch them slightly, this indicates that the plant needs a good water intake. If the soil is mushy and the leaves are soft and lumpy, this means that your plant is retaining water.
Should I cut my Burgundy Rubber plant’s yellow leaves?
Pruning the unwanted leaves can be an easy way to eliminate the discoloration and prevent the yellow leaves’ spreading.
Should I take any precautions when caring for burgundy rubber plants?
The leaves of these plants produce a thick white substance known as latex. Potential consequences of inhaling or ingesting may be food poisoning and diarrhea. Therefore, serious care should be taken if you’ve got pets or kids in your home, they’re the most vulnerable from getting hurt by this plant.
Is my rubber plant under-watered?
Your plant may be underwatered if the leaves break every easily and feel crispy to touch. Crisp leaves are a warning sign as your plant will soon shed off leaves after getting crispy leaves. It is better to cut these leaves and maintain the nutrients of your plant so that it gains strength.
If I decide to prune my plant, should I wear anything on my hands?
If you decide to prune your plant for obvious reasons, always consider wearing thick gardening gloves to avoid any unseen spikes in the plant. Moreover, you can also invest in a secateur if you are not comfortable using your hand to prune your plant.
Due to its friendly impact, little attention required, and the amazing look, Burgundy Rubber Plant proves to be a great plant, indoors as well as outdoors.
Make sure that it is given the right temperature, humidity, water, and sunlight, and this plant will do wonders for you.
Marcel runs the place around here. He has a deep passion for houseplants & gardening and is constantly on the lookout for yet another special plant to add to his arsenal of houseplants, succulents & cacti.
Marcel is also the founder of Iseli International Commerce, a sole proprietorship company that publishes a variety of websites and online magazines.