Tips & Tricks

Water and fertilize the rubber tree - this is how it's done


If you don't have a green thumb, the rubber tree is the right plant for you. It is so easy to maintain that you do not have to pay much attention to it, even when watering and fertilizing.

Rubber trees don't need a lot of water

In the 1960s there was hardly a household without a rubber tree. No wonder, because the rubber tree is more like easy to care for. But even today, many people appreciate the Ficus Elastica very much. After all, it is one of the green plants that always thrive, even if you don't have a green thumb. You only have to consider a few points when watering and fertilizing.

How to properly pour the rubber tree

➤ Dive instead of water:

The rubber tree is suitable for households who want or can spend relatively little time caring for green plants. For example, the Ficus Elastica doesn't even have to be cast. Since it does not like waterlogging, you only need to immerse the flowerpot in water instead. And so long until no more water bubbles rise from the earth. After that you just have to wait until the excess water has drained off. Then you can put the rubber tree back in place.

Once dipped, the rubber tree will last for a few weeks without fresh water. You only have to repeat the diving process when the soil is completely dry again.

➤ Prefer rainwater:

If diving is not possible, you can simply water your rubber tree with the watering can and tap water. However, rainwater contains more nutrients and is softer, so you should prefer it. So it's best to set up a rain barrel in the garden.

How to properly fertilize your rubber tree

The rubber tree does not have to be fertilized. However, over time it pulls out all the nutrients from the earth. So if you don't even repot it with fresh soil, you should fertilize it at regular intervals. In this way, the rubber tree grows and thrives better.

You can use completely normal fertilizers. Special fertilizer is therefore not necessary. Experts recommend fertilizing the rubber tree every three weeks. If you don't do this, the Ficus Elasticus will grow more slowly until it stops growing at some point.