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Variegated Rubber Plant

Variegated Rubber Plant

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The variegated rubber plant, scientifically known as Ficus elastica 'Variegata', is a striking cultivar of the classic rubber plant. Here's what you need to know about it:


  1. **Appearance**: The variegated rubber plant is prized for its large, glossy leaves that display a beautiful mix of green and creamy white variegation. The variegation can vary from plant to plant, with some displaying more white or cream markings than others.


2. **Light Requirements**: Variegated rubber plants prefer bright, indirect light. While they can tolerate some shade, they may lose their variegation if kept in low-light conditions for too long. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.



3. **Watering**: Like other rubber plants, the variegated variety prefers moderately moist soil. Allow the top inch or so of soil to dry out between waterings, then water thoroughly. Reduce watering during the winter months when growth slows down.



4. **Humidity**: These plants appreciate moderate to high humidity levels, especially during the warmer months. You can increase humidity by misting the foliage regularly or placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the plant.



5. **Temperature**: Variegated rubber plants thrive in temperatures between 60°F and 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Avoid exposing them to cold drafts or sudden temperature fluctuations, as they are sensitive to temperature extremes.



6. **Soil**: Use a well-draining potting mix formulated for houseplants. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and pine bark works well for variegated rubber plants.



7. **Pruning**: Regular pruning can help maintain the shape and size of the plant. Remove any dead, damaged, or yellowing leaves, as well as any leggy growth to encourage bushiness.



8. **Pests and Diseases**: Variegated rubber plants can be susceptible to pests such as spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs. Inspect your plant regularly for signs of pests, and treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.



Variegated rubber plants are stunning additions to any indoor space, adding a pop of color and texture with their striking foliage. With proper care, they can thrive and become focal points in your home or office.

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