I found this plant in the recycling room in my building and its taken quite well to its new home. But what is it?
This is the rubber plant, Ficus elastica. It has white sticky sap and can grow into a tree (100 - 200 feet 30 - 60 M) tall when grown outdoors in the tropics.
This plant will tolerate shade, neglect and more. A nice appearance and good health is maintained with
- diffuse high light
- regular watering
- fertilize lightly once a year
- repot yearly if you want a big plant
- do not be afraid to cut back hard if it looks leggy. This plant will bud slowly from old wood
- pests are infrequent due to the hard waxy coating but mealybug and scale can occur. Soap and water applications at 5 ml/l will control the problem.