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Ficus Elastica plant


Ficus Elastica plantThe Ficus Elastica, also called India-rubber Plant. The plant thrives well in any light, rich soil, or in loam and peat. Keep it moderately moist throughout the winter, using tepid water.

In summer any of the artificial manures may be used. Sponge the leaves once a week to free them from dust, and keep the plant well sheltered from draughts.

Cuttings with uninjured leaves will root in autumn in sand with a bottom-heat of 65 or 75 degrees Fahrenheit; or the cuttings may be taken in spring, stem-rooting the slips. It flowers in May, and sometimes attains the height of about 20 feet.