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Repotting rubber tree - How to do it right

Rubber trees are the perfect plants for beginners. Still, they need a little care. You must e.g. be repotted every now and then.

Do not choose a too large flower pot

Rubber trees thrive without having to fuss around them. Even if you sow a rubber tree and pull it yourself. Over time, however, the Ficus Elastica will grow out of the flowerpot - which usually becomes a shaky affair. Now the time has come to repot the rubber tree.

A good way to tell when you need to repot the rubber tree is to look at the flower pot drain hole. If the root is looking for a way out, a new pot is necessary. The same applies if you discover the first pieces of root just below the surface.

Rubber trees don't like big pots

It sounds unusual, but a pot that is too large is not necessarily advantageous for the Ficus Elastica. The root thrives particularly well if it suffers from a slight lack of space. The problem is rather that the rubber tree grows up very quickly and the stability suffers. If you are looking for a new plant pot, you should therefore ensure that the base width and height are sufficient to ensure stability.

It is also important that you avoid waterlogging. After all, especially with larger rubber trees, you cannot always use planters with drainage holes. In completely closed buckets, however, waterlogging quickly forms, which the rubber tree cannot tolerate. So that the root is not in the water, simply fill the bottom of the pot with pebbles as drainage. With large buckets you can also use coarser stones. Excess water now collects between the stones and is sucked up by the roots when the earth no longer releases sufficient moisture.

This is how repotting works

You can put the rubber tree in a new planter particularly well in spring. The period between the end of February and the first weeks of March is usually recommended. The best way to ensure that everything works is as follows:

❶ Fill the new flowerpot in the lower third with fresh potting soil. Rubber trees appreciate compost-rich soil that is mixed with a little peat.

❷ Carefully detach the tree from the old pot. Make sure that you do not injure the root. Then put it in the new jar.

❸ Now fill the plant pot with soil until the roots are well covered and the tree stands securely.

❹ After repotting, water the soil until it is well soaked.


If your Ficus Elastica is a large specimen, you can improve the stability with a support. The support also serves to ensure that the tree grows straight up.