How to Keep A Rubber Plant Alive

You know the song, Whoops there goes another Rubber Tree Plant…

Because everyone loves a Rubber Plant.

They have big glossy, dark green leaves and even some purple variegation.

They are really striking plants.

The Rubber Plant is native to Southeastern Asia and can grow up to 500 ft tall. Don’t worry it won’t grow that tall in your house. Unless you have 500 foot ceilings and then maybe you have a chance.

How to Keep a Rubber Plant Alive

Ok, here are the essentials: water, light, soil and fertilizer so that you can make it just right for your Rubber Plant.


The Rubber Plant can be a little tricky when it comes to water. You have to find the balance of watering enough without over-watering.

You can water when the top inch of soil is dry, but if you’re not sure, wait another day.

Rubber Plant likes higher humidity if you can provide it, too. You can try adding a pebble tray nearby to increase the humidity near the plant.


Bright Indirect is perfect for the Rubber Plant. If it’s in a sunny window, hang a sheer curtain in front of it to prevent sunburn.

Your Rubber Plant will actually tolerate Low Light, but you can expect to lose some of the deep green color on the leaves.


Rubber Plant needs good old all-purpose potting mix for indoor plants. Make sure you’re using a pot with a drainage hole so that you have some drainage.


Fertilize your Rubber Plant once a month during the growing season (Spring/Summer).

Things to Watch for with Rubber Plant

Just a couple of extra things to know about the Rubber Plant.

#1. Water can stain the leaves.

Do your best to avoid the leaves when watering, but if you do find that you’ve got a water stain, then you can try a microfiber towel and a little gentle dish soap to try to remove the stain.

#2. It is a little toxic.

To pets and humans, so keep that in mind if you are considering bringing a Rubber Plant home.

If you have pets, I would skip this one and if you don’t, you might use gloves when you’re repotting or pruning this plant because the sap can irritate your skin.