Felix, a Ficus Elastica Adibjan or Rubber Plant, is one of the most well-known house plants out there. That being said, Freddie, a Ficus Abidjan, is something slightly different with dark green, almost black, leaves and a bright red stem!
You may be more familiar with Felix’s brothers, Freddie the Ficus Robusta, and Francis the Ficus Tineke - 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.
Felix, Ficus Elastica Abidjan - Medium
Felix 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