Variegated Rubber Tree Plant Care Tips
Variegated Rubber Trees differ from regular rubber trees in their leaf color. Traditional rubber trees have dark green leaves but variegated rubber trees have leaves with shades of red, yellow, cream and green. They look like they belong in a Joshua Tree airbnb. Their colors fit the landscape of the desert perfectly, so naturally I needed one in my home. Below are my tips for keeping your Variegated Rubber Tree alive and happy.
HOW TO CARE FOR VARIEGATED RUBBER TREE PLANTS
Variegated Rubber Tree Light Requirements
- Variegated Rubber Trees like well lit spots with indirect sunlight.
- Avoid direct sunlight, it burns the leaves of the Variegated Rubber Tree.
- Do not place a Variegated Rubber Tree in shade, it will lose the variegated markings.
- Ideal lighting for a Variegated Rubber Tree is a sunny spot shielded by a sheer curtain.
- If the Variegated Rubber Tree leaves begin dropping or losing color, it needs more light.
Variegated Rubber Tree Watering Requirements
- Before watering your Variegated Rubber Tree, check that the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
- Once dry, water thoroughly.
- Make sure water can drain from the plant and water your Variegated Rubber Tree until water runs out of the bottom.
- Avoid getting leaves wet and do not let a Variegated Rubber Tree sit in water.
- Variegated Rubber Trees typically need water every 5-7 days in summer and every 10-14 in winter, or when leaves look wilted.
Variegated Rubber Tree Maintenance Tips
- Regularly dust the leaves of your Variegated Rubber Tree.
- Keep your Rubber Tree away from AC vents and fireplaces. It, like me, doesn’t like extreme temperatures.
Are Variegated Rubber Trees Poisonous?
- Variegated Rubber Trees are mildy poisonous. If ingested it will cause intestinal issues.
- Rubber Trees also have a milky sap that will cause skin irritation if it sits, so keep your babies and pets away from this one!