Ficus elastica, also known as India Rubber plant or India Rubber Fig, is native to the tropical rain forests of Malaysia, South America and India. In its native environment they can grow up to 100ft tall, but for the common house plant its range is usually around one to eight feet in height. The Rubber Tree received its name from the white sap that oozes from its leaves and stems which has been used to produce rubber since the early 1900s. Burgundy is a cultivar of Ficus elastika. Burgundy has a sturdy, tree-like stem with dark green and burgundy tinted oval leaves which are thicker than other house plants and have a beautiful natural shine.
Care For Your Burgundy
The Burgundy grows best with bright, indirect light. The benefit of sufficient light is that it helps the plant produce its deep burgundy color. Although the Burgundy can tolerate lower amounts of light, it may begin to produce more chlorophyl and change it’s rich dark leaves to green. Avoid placing the plant in bright direct sunlight as it may cause leaves to burn.
We suggest watering the Burgundy once a week allowing the soil to drain and dry. The Burgundy can tolerate a few missed waterings however is less tolerant to over watering as it leads to potential root rot.
Similar to humans, plants like the Burgundy prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰. Avoid sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts as it may cause it to drop a few leaves.
Our plant experts have found fertilizer works miracles. Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months and watch your plant grow.
- The Burgundy Color: Interestingly enough, bright light helps enhance the plant’s deep burgundy color.
- Can Grow Tall: In the wild, the Burgundy Rubber Tree can grow up to about 100 feet tall. Luckily, it only grows about 1 – 8 feet indoors as a beautiful decorative plant.
- Not THE Rubber Tree: Although Ficus elastica is part of the rubber plant family, yielding an elastic white latex formerly used to make rubber, it should not be confused with the Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), the main natural source of latex for rubber making.