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Rubber Plant Care Guide and Frequently Asked Questions with Raffaele from Ohio Tropics, Ep 148



Rubber plants don't get enough credit in the tropical plant world. These humble plants are always available at the garden center but tend to get overlooked for some of our sexier Instagram-worthy plants. In this episode, we will dive into the many reasons why rubber plants are fantastic plants with Raffaele of Ohio Tropics. The first part is going to be an overview of general rubber plant care and different types of rubber plants, and then the second half is actually frequently asked questions that Raffaele answers and troubleshoots. Welcome, plant friend!


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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:43] Maria’s plant and personal updates
  • [02:12] Introducing Raffaele from Ohio Tropics
  • [03:14] Your invitation to a free 10-day virtual garden festival!
  • [03:58] What to expect from this rubber plant episode
  • [06:40] How Raffael became the plant parent he is today
  • [10:06] What is a rubber plant?
  • [11:26] Do rubber trees produce latex?
  • [12:53] Where can you find rubber plants in nature?
  • [14:33] What are the different types and varieties of rubber plants?
  • [18:54] How to water rubber plants
  • [21:27] Raffaele’s watering tip using a turkey baster
  • [23:21] How much sunlight does a rubber plant need?
  • [27:35] Are rubber plants low-light plants?
  • [28:35] What kind of soil mix is good for rubber plants?
  • [30:52] Where to get pre-grown plants and seeds for your spring garden
  • [32:09] The best indoor and outdoor gardening products
  • [34:49] How to fertilize rubber plants
  • [37:11] Rubber Plant FAQ #1: Why is my rubber plant not growing?
  • [39:03] Rubber Plant FAQ #2: How do I get my rubber plant to branch and be bushier instead of taller?
  • [39:51] What is the air layering propagation method?
  • [44:15] Rubber Plant FAQ #3: Why are my new leaves smaller than the older ones?
  • [45:32] Rubber Plant FAQ #4: Why are my rubber plant leaves dropping?
  • [48:20] Why overwatering can cause issues to your plant (in ways you might not expect)
  • [49:12] Rubber Plant FAQ #5: My plant looks healthy, but the branches are all over the place; why is this happening?
  • [50:26] Rubber Plant FAQ #6: What are the tiny white spots on my rubber plant?
  • [51:26] Rubber Plant FAQ#7: Why are the edges of my variegated rubber plant browning?
  • [54:09] Rubber Plant FAQ #8: My rubber plant has aerial roots, but do they grow better in slightly cooler conditions?
  • [55:18] Raffaele’s recommendations of the best rubber plant varieties for beginners
  • [57:35] What Raffaele’s book Houseplant Warrior is about!
  • [59:41] Where to connect with Raffaele
  • [01:01:52] Upgrade your plant education with these two events!

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