Ficus elastica 'Ruby'

Rubber tree 'Ruby'

Ficus elastica 'Ruby'

Rubber tree 'Ruby'

  • Also traded as Ficus elastica 'Variegata'
  • Colourful, eye-catching foliage
  • Tolerates partial shade
  • Rarely flowering, decorative
  • Ideal for large terrariums
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Description

The Ficus elastica 'Ruby', also known as the rubber tree 'Ruby', is a strikingly colourful ornamental plant that originally comes from the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. This robust species belongs to the mulberry family (Moraceae) and is characterised by its easy-care properties and its ability to thrive in a variety of environmental conditions. Ficus elastica 'Ruby' prefers bright locations with indirect light and requires moderate watering, although waterlogging should be avoided at all costs. The plant is also known for its air-purifying properties and can help to improve the air quality in its surroundings. Due to its origin in a humid, warm climate, it is particularly well suited to terrarium culture, where it replicates part of the tropical microclimate.

In terrariums, Ficus elastica 'Ruby' provides a visually appealing addition with its striking, multi-coloured leaves, which have a mixture of green, white, pink and sometimes red tones. This leaf colouring, combined with the glossy leaf surface and the large, oval leaf shape, makes it a real eye-catcher. Although the Ficus elastica 'Ruby' rarely flowers when kept indoors, the decorative value of this plant lies mainly in its attractive foliage. Its robust nature and ability to reach a considerable size allow it to serve as a structuring element in larger terrariums, where it can provide shaded areas for smaller plants and hiding places for terrarium inhabitants.

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Ficus elastica 'Ruby'
Cultivation options As a solitary plant, in group plantings, suitable for terrariums
Growth height As a houseplant up to 2 m, smaller in terrariums
Temperature 18 - 24 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity 50 - 70 %, also tolerates higher humidity
Light requirement Bright to semi-shade, no direct sunlight
Watering Keep soil evenly moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization In summer every 4 weeks with houseplant fertilizer
Propagation Cuttings, air layering
Suitable for Large terrariums, provides structure and color accents
Cultivation options
As a solitary plant, in group plantings, suitable for terrariums
Growth height
As a houseplant up to 2 m, smaller in terrariums
Temperature
18 - 24 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity
50 - 70 %, also tolerates higher humidity
Light requirement
Bright to semi-shade, no direct sunlight
Watering
Keep soil evenly moist, avoid waterlogging
Fertilization
In summer every 4 weeks with houseplant fertilizer
Propagation
Cuttings, air layering
Suitable for
Large terrariums, provides structure and color accents

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Our terrarium plants give every terrarium an individual, natural atmosphere and at the same time provide a healthy environment for all terrarium inhabitants. Our wide range of tropical, subtropical and even arid plants are easy to combine and enhance any terrascape. Whether it's strong succulents, subtle tillandsias, eye-catching neoregelias or wonderful orchids - we offer terrarium plants for different terrascapes from rainforest to desert.

General information

Item no.
192.0428.01
EAN
Weight 0,17 kg
Shipping weight 0,26 kg

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