Ficus elastica ‘Belize’

Rubber plant


Ficus elastica ‘Belize’ is a captivating cultivar within the Ficus elastica family, known for its lush, tropical appearance. Hailing from South and Southeast Asia, this houseplant boasts large, glossy leaves with striking green and cream variegation, resembling a living masterpiece. ‘Belize’ is a popular choice for interior décor, adding exotic elegance to indoor spaces.

For optimal care, place Ficus elastica ‘Belize’ in bright, indirect light, avoiding direct sunlight. Maintain a temperature range between 18-24°C. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, allowing the top inch to dry between watering. Regularly dust the leaves to promote healthy respiration. With these guidelines, ‘Belize’ thrives as a stunning and vibrant addition to your indoor environment, infusing tropical vibes into your décor.


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Origin: Eastern parts of South and Southeast Asia
Genus: Ficus
Species / Cultivar: elastica 'Belize'
Common Name: Rubber plant

Plant Biography

Ficus elastica, commonly known as the Rubber Plant, has a rich botanical history rooted in Southeast Asia. This species belongs to the Moraceae family and is native to regions like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It has a long association with human culture, as it was historically tapped for latex production, primarily used in rubber production.

The Rubber Plant has been cultivated for ornamental purposes for over a century, with its popularity surging during the Victorian era as a symbol of affluence and opulence. Its striking, glossy foliage and adaptability to indoor environments have made it a beloved choice among houseplant enthusiasts. Over time, various cultivars and varieties, such as ‘Belize,’ have been developed, each showcasing unique leaf patterns and colours, adding to the plant’s rich botanical legacy and continuing to enchant plant enthusiasts worldwide.

Ficus elastica 'Belize'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 12-24°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 2.5-4+m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Caring for Ficus elastica ‘Belize’ involves providing it with optimal conditions for its lush, variegated foliage to thrive. Place it in bright, indirect light, as direct sun can lead to leaf burn. Maintain a consistent temperature range between 18-24°C. Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy, allowing the top inch to dry out before watering. Regularly dust or wipe the leaves to allow for healthy respiration. Prune to maintain its shape and remove any damaged foliage. With the right care, ‘Belize’ thrives as a stunning and vibrant indoor plant, elevating the aesthetics of your living space with its tropical allure.

Expert Tip

Maintaining high humidity will encourage the plant to form highly decorative aerial roots.


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