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Rs. 99.00
Common name:
Ficus Elastica Zulu Shield
Regional name:
  • Hindi: रबर का पेड़ (Rubber ka Ped)
  • Bengali: রাবার গাছ (Rabar Gach)
  • Tamil: ரப்பர் மரம் (Rapper Maram)
  • Telugu: రబ్బర్ చెట్టు (Rubber Chettu)
  • Kannada: ರಬ್ಬರ್ ಮರ (Rubbar Mara)
  • Malayalam: റബ്ബർ പ്ലാന്റ് (Rabbar Plaant)
Shrubs, Indoor Plants, Trees
Moraceae or Fig family


Ficus elastica, commonly known as the rubber plant or rubber fig, is a popular houseplant native to Southeast Asia. The Zulu Shield variety is known for its large, attractive leaves with a glossy surface and contrasting veins. This plant is not only visually appealing but also offers various benefits to its surroundings.


  1. Location: Ficus elastica Zulu Shield prefers bright, indirect light. Keep it away from direct sunlight to prevent leaf scorching. It can tolerate lower light conditions, but its growth may slow down.
  2. Potting: Choose a well-draining pot with drainage holes to prevent root rot. Use a high-quality, well-aerated potting mix with added perlite for improved drainage and aeration.
  3. Propagation: The plant can be propagated through stem cuttings, air layering, or seeds. Cuttings are the most common method, taken during the growing season to ensure successful rooting.


  1. Watering: Water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it's essential to let the soil dry out slightly between waterings.
  2. Temperature: Ficus elastica Zulu Shield thrives in temperatures between 60-85°F (16-29°C). Keep it away from cold drafts and drastic temperature fluctuations.
  3. Humidity: The plant prefers moderate to high humidity levels. Maintain humidity around 50-60% by using a humidifier, placing a pebble tray under the pot, or misting the leaves regularly.
  4. Fertilizing: Fertilize the plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce the frequency to once every 2-3 months during the fall and winter.


  1. Pruning: Prune the plant occasionally to maintain its shape and size. Remove any dead, yellowing, or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.
  2. Pest control: Keep an eye out for common pests like spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat any infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
  3. Repotting: Repot the plant every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its pot. Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one.


  1. Air purification: Ficus elastica Zulu Shield is known for its air-purifying properties, as it can remove toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from indoor air.
  2. Mood enhancement: Studies have shown that having plants like Ficus elastica in indoor spaces can improve mood, reduce stress, and boost productivity.
  3. Interior decoration: The Zulu Shield variety's striking foliage can be a beautiful focal point in any interior, adding a touch of nature and elegance to living spaces.