Ficus Elastica 'Ruby'
Rubber Plant 'Belize'
The leaves of the Ficus Elastica ‘Ruby’ are a subtle way to bring a pop of colour into a space, and go great with anything mauve and terracotta. The rubber plant ‘Belize’ is a high light plant that will appreciate evenly moist soil, although it likes to dry out between waterings. This variegated variety is similar to its burgundy cousin in appearance and care. The only difference is the Ruby requires brighter light conditions to keep its unique pink, wihte, and green tri-color foliage looking bright and defined.
With diligent care, patience and fertilizer, this gem can grow into a fully formed tree, or be pruned back to keep its small stature. It is one of the best air purifying plants. It is great at removing toxins from the air, and will survive infrequent watering and low light.
Not only does it purify the indoor air but also regulates the humidity level of air conditioned rooms. It is a very popular ornamental plant from the Ficus genus. This is one of the few houseplants that can take direct sunlight.
When it is about 1 – 2ft tall it’s well suited sitting as a centrepiece on a table, on a shelf, or on a windowsill, but once it begins to grow above 3ft it looks great standing next to the television area or near door entrances. Once the plant begins to mature and grow in height it’s common to train and support the trunk and branches by staking or tying them back to keep them growing upright.