Why a Rubber Tree is your next best purchase!

 Nestled in the concrete jungle that is Adelaide CBD, East End Flower Market can be spotted from a mile away with its wide selection of lush, indoor plants that spill out onto the footpath. Along with our favourite plant friends which include the fiddle leaf fig, snake plant and monstera EEFM has something a little bit different, but we know you’ll love it. Introducing the Ficus Rubber Tree! Available in various colours, however we are currently stocking the Burgundy Ficus. With its large dark glossy leaves this Ficus is guaranteed to bring a pop of unexpected colour to your home.
Here are 4 tips to make sure your Ficus thrives in its new home!
  1. To encourage growth and help the plant ‘breath’ whip the leaves with a clean, damp cloth once a fortnight. Due to the size of the leaves dust will easily collect on your plant and can in turn ‘suffocate’ the plant.
  2. Water regularly. Depending where your plant is positioned in your home watering weekly or fortnightly will vary. Preferring moist soil due to its original tropical growing environment however make sure to not leave the soil to get soggy as that will cause root rot and will easily kill the plant.
  3. Sun light is also important for the Burgundy Ficus. Place in a warm, well lit, bright spot in your house. Next to a north facing window will do the trick! With the right amount of light and water your rubber tree will grow rapidly in the warmer months.
  4. Lastly, but definitely no least is a little bit of trivia. The secret to the Rubber Tree being so easy to look after is due to their tough root system. When the roots reach the sides of the pot or vessel you are keeping it in you might need to re-pot (this is depending how large you would like the plant to grow.) When kept indoors a rubber tree can get up to anywhere between a meter to 3 meters. If placed in the ground the rubber tree can get up to 100 feet tall (about 30ms high) but be carful!! The roots can span just as far underground and are super tough which can inadvertently over grow other plants near by so be warned if you are going to set your rubber tree ‘free’ avoid areas new the house, footpaths and delicate plants in your garden.

If you follow these easy tips, caring for your rubber tree will be a breeze! Ficus’ normally don’t need to be pruned however due to it being so resilient you can strip the bottom cluster of leaves to create a more typical ‘tree’ like structure. Pulling off dead, yellow or drooping leaves will help the Ficus grow quicker.
Don’t forget, if you are ever having trouble reaching your desired look for your indoor plant, we at EEFM are always here to help! We love knowing how your plant babies are doing or giving advice to help you solve a green thumb problem. So when you’re in the East End next time pop in and check out what we are stocking, and don’t forget to pick up a Burgundy Rubber Tree! You won’t be disappointed.
Love Imogen





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