- Appearance: The variegated rubber plant features large, glossy leaves with a beautiful variegation of green and creamy white or yellow. The variegation appears as marbled or swirled patterns on the leaves, making it highly ornamental.
- Size: Indoors, variegated rubber plants can grow to be several feet tall with a bushy appearance. Pruning can help control the size and shape of the plant.
- Light Requirements: These plants prefer bright, indirect light. While they can tolerate lower light conditions, they thrive when placed in a location with good, indirect sunlight.
- Watering: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of the soil to dry out before watering. Water thoroughly but avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot.
- Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix, preferably one designed for tropical plants or a mix suitable for Ficus species.
- Fertilizer: To keep your variegated rubber plant healthy and maintain its vibrant foliage, you can use a balanced liquid fertilizer. During the growing season (spring and summer), dilute the fertilizer to half strength and apply it every 4-6 weeks. Avoid fertilizing in the winter when the plant is not actively growing.
- Pot with drainage: Ensure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating in the soil and causing root issues.
- Saucer: Place a saucer under the pot to catch excess water and protect your surfaces.
- Humidity tray or room humidifier: Variegated rubber plants appreciate higher humidity levels. You can use a humidity tray filled with water or a room humidifier to maintain suitable humidity.
- Stake or support: As your rubber plant grows, it may benefit from staking or support to keep it upright and maintain an attractive form.