This is Where the Rubber Meets the Rose
The Ficus elastica ‘Shivereana’, commonly known as the Variegated Rubber Plant, is a mesmerizing addition to any indoor plant collection. Originating from the lush rainforests of Southeast Asia, this variant stands out with its stunning foliage, characterized by a mottled pattern of green, cream, and pink hues.
Caring for your Indian Rubber Tree
Thriving in bright, indirect light, the ‘Shivereana’ is relatively easy to care for, requiring only occasional watering when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Its resilient nature makes it suitable for beginners and seasoned plant enthusiasts alike. With its compact growth habit, it fits perfectly on desks, shelves, or in corners
The Indian Rubber Tree prefers bright, indirect light, but it can also tolerate lower light levels. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.
The plant prefers consistently moist soil, but it should not be waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering it again.
The Indian Rubber Tree prefers higher humidity levels, so mist the leaves regularly or place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
Fertilize the plant during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks.
Prune the plant to maintain its shape and size, and remove any dead or yellow leaves.
Keep an eye out for pests such as spider mites and mealybugs and treat them promptly with an insecticidal soap or neem oil.