Known for its glossy leaves and distinctive shape, this tropical houseplant can grow up to 8 feet in height! This blog post goes into the speed at which rubber plants grow. Let’s get started…
How Fast Do Rubber Plants Grow?
On average, rubber plants grow by two feet in height per year. In the wild, rubber plants are able to grow to a gigantic 100 feet in height! The plant’s growth is dependent on the care given to it, as well as the pot it’s held inside.
How to Make Rubber Plant Grow Faster?
Making a rubber plant grow faster requires giving the plant everything it needs to thrive. Essentially, you want to mimic the plant’s natural environment. You can make a rubber plant grow faster by:
– Keeping them in a room with plenty of bright, indirect light.
– Feeding it every month on the 25th day from when you bought it. I use an all-purpose houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength. You can also use granulated plant food at quarter strength weekly as well.
– Keeping the soil moist but not wet. If your rubber tree feels spongy or soggy, then wait until there is no more moisture before watering again.
– Keep it away from cool drafts, which can cause the rubber tree to dry out
Why Is My Rubber Plant Not Growing?
It’s difficult to know for sure what is going on with your rubber plant without seeing it in person. But there are a few things you can try:
Check the soil conditions to make sure it hasn’t dried out too much since the last watering.
Make sure there isn’t a temperature difference causing stress. This includes cold drafts or hot spots near windows, doors, vents, etc.
Poor light conditions
Give it more light by moving it closer to brighter window. This is especially important for new plants because drying out often occurs due to lack of light through proper acclimation time.
You need to use the correct soil mix for your rubber plant. Using dense soil may not allow excess water to drain from the plant pot. This is bad news, as soggy soil can result in bacteria and even root rot.
Don’t overwater the pot! Plants do not like wet roots, and it’s hard for them to remove excess water from their soil. Allow plenty of time for the excess water to drain away before watering again.
Rubber plants are from the rain forests, so they love humidity. If your house is real dry, then your rubber plant may have trouble thriving. If you find that the humidity levels are less than 50%, you need to take action. I recommend using a humidifier to add moisture to the plant’s environment.
Your plant is stressed
Just like humans, plants cant thrive when they’re stressed. There are also many things that can stress our rubber plants. The main causes are under-watering and low light levels.
The truth is doing both too much and too little will cause stress to your rubber plant. Another mistake is to give too much fertilizer, which will cause a spike in growth, but then it became too much for your plant to handle.
Lack of nutrients
If your plant is not stressed from a lack of light, then it may need to have its soil or potting mix refreshed with nutrients. They need to be fed about once per month during spring/summer months when actively growing, but needs less during fall/winter months.
Rubber plants need nutrients to thrive. Fertilizer will provide your plant with nitrogen, phosphorus, and other such nutrients to boost rubber plant growth.
Time of year
Remember that most plants go dormant in the winter, including the rubber plant. It could just be that your rubber plant is dormant and waiting for the new season to arrive.
Also, make sure there are no pests on your rubber plant. Aphids, mealy pests, mites, scale, and whitefly are all common rubber plant pests that can affect growth. You should get rid of these pests as fast as possible.
There’s no official way to grow a rubber plant. It just takes time, care, and understanding of the plant to know how and when to nurture it.
By following the tips in this blog post, you can monitor little factors that will make your rubber plant thrive
With the right care and attention, your rubber plant will flourish!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article on the growth rate of rubber plants. If you need any help or have questions about the growth rate of a rubber plant, feel free to contact me. Happy growing!