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Ficus elastica 'Burgundy', Black Rubber Tree

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The Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' or Burgundy Rubber Tree is a popular indoor plant known for its attractive burgundy-colored foliage. Here are some key characteristics and care tips for the Ficus elastica 'Burgundy':

  1. Appearance:

    • The Burgundy Rubber Tree features large, leathery leaves with a deep burgundy color. The color may vary from dark red to almost black, depending on the plant's age and environmental conditions.
    • The leaves are glossy and have a broad, elliptical shape.
  2. Habitat and Origin:

    • Ficus elastica is native to Southeast Asia, and the 'Burgundy' variety is a cultivated form of this species.
  3. Cultivation and Care:

    • Light: Provide bright, indirect light for optimal growth. The Burgundy Rubber Tree can tolerate lower light levels but may lose some of its vibrant color in lower light conditions.
    • Temperature: Keep the plant in a warm environment, ideally between 65-75°F (18-24°C).
    • Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Be cautious not to overwater, as Ficus elastica prefers slightly drier conditions.
    • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix. Regular potting soil with added perlite or orchid bark works well.
    • Humidity: Tolerant of average indoor humidity levels. However, it appreciates higher humidity and benefits from occasional misting or placing a humidifier nearby.
    • Fertilization: Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter.
  4. Size:

    • Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' can grow to be a sizable houseplant if given enough space. Regular pruning can help control its size and shape.
  5. Decorative Use:

    • The Burgundy Rubber Tree is a striking and decorative plant that adds a touch of elegance to interior spaces.
    • It is often used as a focal point in living rooms, offices, or other well-lit areas.
  6. Maintenance:

    • Pruning can be done to control the plant's size and shape. Remove any yellow or damaged leaves regularly.
    • Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them clean and free from dust.
  7. Toxicity:

    • Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' is toxic to pets if ingested. Keep it out of reach of animals.