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Ficus elastica, the Rubber Fig, is native of Asia. This ficus can measure up to 10 m high in nature. It doesn?t grow that tall in pot. If it grows too high, cut it off, this will ease the ramification. It has a unique stem and large hard leaves, shiny and dark green, with a central nerve. For the plant to ramify, you must pinch the terminal bud, but this will provoke the leaking of latex. In order to stop the leaking, you must apply wood coal or cigarette ashes. Hardiness zones 10-11 (1øC/35øF, 4øC/40øF) in winter. The normal temperature of a house suits it year-long. This ficus will not survive temperatures below 15ø. This ficus appreciates a good source of light with no direct sun all year. It can live under shade, but it will definitely grow better and faster with good light. Sunlight is essential for the leaves to keep their beautiful dark green colour. This ficus appreciates rich soils.
|Sow seeds on the surface of a soil mix consisting of, gardening soil, humus and peat moss. You can replant in spring in a bigger pot until the plant has reached its adult size. Water regularly during growth, but keep the soil from being soaked or completely dry. In winter, let the soil dry out before watering again. Use fertilizer twice a month during growth. Germination will take from one week to a month, don?t get discouraged.