How to grow & care Burgundy Rubber plant
Burgundy Rubber plant is an indoor plant that is famous for its glossy cheerful leaves. There are various types of colors and color combinations of the leaves of this plant. Some of the colors of leaves are green, green mixed with red, and variegated. It is much easy to care for these plants and you need not give much effort to care for them. The branches of this plant are much hardy and steadfast and you can put the plant in sufficient consistent light without direct sunlight and here the plant can grow itself easily.
How to care Burgundy (Ficus Robusta)
You should water your plant when the soil dryness is 50-60% and also remember that you should not give water in such a way which may cause waterlogged your plant. You should not water so much that may cause a higher water level than the soil surface. So don’t overwater your rubber plant as it can cause harm to the plant. Don’t spray water on leaves as it can cause strain of leaves.
You can use any type of soil except mire soil and sandy soil and the soil should contain some moisture in it.
Burgundy rubber plant is best-suited with bright indirect sunlight and with a shade of sunlight and if you place your plant in such place you can notice that your plant produces dark-colored leaves. The leaves consistently become larger if you place your rubber plant in a low light place during the growing period. Burgundy Rubber plant can tolerate low to bright indirect sunlight and different level of light may cause different sizes and colors of leaves of the plant.
In the winter season, the humidity is enough for your plant so there’s no need to increase humidity in winter. But in the summer season when the humidity level is low then you can add humidity to your plant by misting the leaves of your plant. Misting 3-4 times each week helps to protect plant leaves from damage by insects.
Burgundy Rubber plants are best-suited at room temperature at 20-22°C and you should avoid temperatures less than 10°C or sudden temperature drops.
As Burgundy Rubber plant is a strong plant it doesn’t need much food for feeding. But for extra nourishment, you can give liquid fertilizer once each month. The best time for feeding is the spring and summer seasons which is the growing period of this plant. And there’s no need for fertilization in the winter season when the growth of your plant slows down.
Burgundy Rubber plant leaves are toxic for humans and pets. If any human or pet eats its leaves then it may cause irritation on his mouth or stomach and also can cause vomiting.
Additional care for your Burgundy Rubber plant:
If your plant grows much than you desire then you can cut from the top with a sharp knife carefully. You can clean your plant leaves with a soft cloth or a sponge with warm water to keep the leaves more glossy. If you notice that the leaves of your plant get stained then you can remove those stains using a little amount of liquid hand soap. To give a well-shaped look to your rubber plant you can cut one-third of the branches of the plant.
Repotting of Burgundy Rubber plant:
You should not remove the plant for 6-8 months after getting it in your hand. So if you want to repot your plant you should wait at least 6 months after getting your plant at hand. The best time for repotting rubber plants is the spring season and repot your plant in a 2-3 inch larger pot so that the repotted plant can spread out its roots properly. You can trim out the dead root at the time of repotting.
Cutting for the propagation of Burgundy Rubber plant:
If want to take a cutting from your rubber plant then you should be careful about the part of the plant from which you can take a cutting and for this purpose take a cutting from between two nodes with some leaves and then cut the bottom leaves from the cutting. Then take a pot or container with a proper drainage system, moist soil, and then plant the stem 1.5-2.5 inches down from the soil surface. You should place this baby plant in bright indirect sunlight. You should check the growth, moisture of the soil take care of the little plant every day. After 5-6 weeks the roots will start to grow and you can also notice new branches are produced from this plant.