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home inspiration: THE NEXT NEW ‘IT’ HOUSEPLANT

Nikki Yazxhi

the new it-plant

besides it’s good looks, the rubber tree is considered an air purifying plant.
It’s a win win!

This easy-to-grow indoor house plant will grow into an eight-foot-tall tree for a amazing pop of greenery in a room. If you prefer a smaller plant, you can make your rubber tree into a smaller shrub shape by simply pruning off any long stems.

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the popular Rubber Tree varieties:

* Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’: This variety has variegated green and white leaves with overtones of burgundy, and red veins.

* Ficus elastica ‘Doescheri’: Also called “Indian Rubber Tree”, it has dark green foliage with yellow patches. Plant of this variety needs more natural light than most of the other variety.

* Ficus elastica ‘Black Prince’: This variety has thick dark green leathery foliage with bronze undertones and large rounded leaves.

* Ficus elastica ‘Decora’: This variety has thick dark green foliage.

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how to look after your Rubber Tree:

* this plant needs bright light but no direct sun. Do not put it next to the central heating because it’s too hot,

* during the growing season (spring and summer), keep it moist. Not too much water, or the leafs will turn yellow and drop. (However, it’s perfectly natural for older, lower leaves do this),

* in spring and summer, give it once a month some liquid fertilizer,

* in winter it rests, so it requires less watering: once or twice a month,

* it doesn’t like to be moved around, this plant has trouble adjusting to a new place: changes in temperature and light may cause it to drop its leaves. When you found a nice spot you should leave it there. When it grows askew you can turn it little by little,

* when it’s leaves are dusty, the plant is not happy. You need wipe off the leaves from time to time. (ou can also give it a shower a coupla times a year or put it out in the rain for a bit),

* repot in spring only when its roots fill the pot, it likes to be slightly pot-bound. Use a container with drainage holes to prevent overwatering.

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