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Burgundy Rubber - Helpful Tips and Care Info

Ficus elastica “Burgundy”

The Burgundy Rubber plant is a beautiful plant that grows best with consistent, bright, filtered light. This helps produce the beautiful burgundy colored leaves.

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  • Burgundy Rubber

Quick Burgundy Rubber Stats

  • Burgundy Rubber plant enjoys low to bright indirect light.
  • The Burgundy Rubber is great for beginners. 
  • The Burgundy Rubber is mildly toxic to humans and pets.

Light Requirements

Your Burgundy Rubber will grow best with consistent, bright, filtered light—which produces the dark, burgundy color of the leaves. Many people put their rubber trees near a window where the light is filtered through a pair of sheer curtains. This plant tolerates low light, but the leaves will fade to a light green color. However, if the plant gets less light while growing, the leaves will actually become larger!

Water Requirements

Water when the top inch of the soil becomes dry, then thoroughly drench until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so not to drown the roots. Do not splash water on the leaves, this can cause stains. The worst thing you can do to your Rubber Tree is to overwater it.

Humidity Preference

As a native to the tropics, your  Burgundy Rubber will appreciate you misting its leaves to increase humidity—especially when it gets very warm in the summer. Misting regularly also helps to keep the mites (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves.

Optimum Temperature

The Burgundy Rubber enjoys average room temperatures of 65-78 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 55 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

Plant Food

For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Additional Care

Once your Rubber Tree has grown to the height you want it at, you can cut the top off. You may also want to prune or trim back any unwanted branches to give the plant a fuller shape. It’s best to trim your Rubber Tree in the spring and summer. Gently clean the leaves with a very soft cloth or sponge and warm water to keep them glossy. If leaves are stained, use a tiny amount of liquid hand soap to gently remove the stains.


Rubber Tree leaves are mildly toxic to humans and pets.  Ingestion could cause mouth or stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

The Burgundy Rubber was featured in the July Black Moon 2019 Lunarly Box.

July Black Moon Box | Care For Your Burgundy Rubber Plant

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