The Ficus Elastica, or Rubber Plant, is one of the most well-known house plants out there. That being said, Bella, a Ficus Elastica Belize, is a rarer member of the family! She has similar green and cream patterns as her cousin, Francis, a Ficus Elastica Tineke, but with the addition of a reddish-pink tinge to her leaves.
As mentioned, you may be familiar with Bella's brothers, Felix the Ficus Abidjan, and Freddie the Ficus Robusta - the whole family are some of the best air-filtering plants available, and low-maintenance too.
Here’s an interesting one for you - in certain parts of India, the rubber tree’s strong roots have been trained to form ‘living bridges’ across small rivers.
Bella, Ficus Elastica Belize - Small
Bella prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight wouldn’t go a miss.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun