Monday, July 28, 2014

How to grow a Ficus Ruby

Once again, I am at a great florist in McLean, Virginia and I was delighted to find a plant that I have not seen before. It is a colorful new hybrid of a houseplant classic, the rubber tree. 

This is Ficus Ruby and should be quite easy to keep alive for a long time as long as it gets some direct sun from a sunny window. The sun will really bring out the color in it!   

This living beauty with it's wide leathery leaves will need a fairly large space in your home because it can eventually grow to ceiling height and may spread out a few feet or more. It can be pruned so that does not have to become a problem. It grows fairly slowly but will become a splendid living specimen in whatever room you choose to place it in. 

The Ficus family of plants are indigenous to many different parts of the globe; the rubber tree was originally discovered growing in India.  Many of them make wonderful indoor plants. Please feel free to comment on your own success with ficus plants.  It's so encouraging to beginners.

*You can send indoor plants and flower arrangements almost anywhere in the world from this florist:

Care Instructions:
  • Some direct sun indoors. Very close to, or right in front of, an east or west facing window is ideal.
  • Water when the top of the soil is good and dry.  A plant in an 8" (20 cm)diameter container will use up to a quart (about a liter) of water,  a plant in a 10" (25 cm) diameter pot will use up to 2 quarts (about 2 liters) of water, and a large plant in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot will use about 1 gallon (about 4 liters) of water when necessary.
  • Dust occasionally. Their wide leaves can collect dust so a good feather duster and an occasional cleaning with water or commercial plant cleaner helps keep them breathing and allow them to take in light better.
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth.  
  • They can be pruned back if getting too tall or wide for their space.
***To view short video clips on indoor plant care from my 90's TV series here: 


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