Did you know?: The milky latex extracted from the tree is the primary source of natural rubber.
Other Common Names: Rubber Tree ‘Burgundy’
Origin: Native to India and Indonesia
Growing Pot size: 14cm
Max Growth: 30cm - 2 meters indoors
Toxicity: This plant contains a latex sap that is toxic if ingested and can cause irritation to the skin and eyes. Sap only appears when the plant’s leaves or branches have been damaged.
The Rubber Tree ‘Abidjan’ Story
The Rubber Tree ‘Abidjan’ is a member of the Moraceae family (scientific name: Ficus elastica). The Moraceae family is commonly referred to as the ‘Mulberry’ family, this is the same family that Figs belong to!
The Ficus elastica ‘Abidjan’ is a beautiful cultivar of the classic rubber tree. Its large paddle-shaped leaves are a deep burgundy, bronze-blushed color. The rubber tree has been a long-time favorite, making them classic houseplants. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also strong air purifiers.
In their natural habitat, these beautiful plants can grow to a staggering 60 meters tall. Don’t worry! They can be easily trained to remain at a manageable height, by pinching the apical steps tip.
BBX Top Tip: While these plants can tolerate lower light conditions they will reach and stretch creating towards any light source and can create an ungainly appearance. Rotate your plant every two weeks to prevent the plant from growing crooked.
How to care for The Rubber Tree ‘Abidjan’?
Problem #1: Why are the leaves on my Ficus turning brown? Leaves will appear to have brown spots that are soft to the touch if they are being overwatered. If the leaves are turning brown and it has a dry feel to them, this is typically an indication the leaves have been burnt from direct sunlight.
Problem #2: Why is my Ficus dying? The most common reason is due to overwatering. Rubber Trees, and Ficus plants in general, are extremely sensitive to being overwatered. Check to see that the soil is a well-draining mix and is not holding too much water.
Problem #3: How often should you water a Ficus plant? In the growing season (early spring to the middle of Autumn), check the soil once every 7 to 10 days. It will require watering roughly every two weeks. In the winter you will need to reduce your watering schedule drastically.
Signs of Overwatering: Soft brown spots appear on the edges of the leaves, and sudden leaf drops are all clear indications of overwatering. Do not allow your ficus plant to sit in excess water.
Common Pests: Spidermites, mealybugs and fungus gnats