Hi! My name is Mels.
I am a Ficus Elastica Melany, better known as the rubber plant. My dark green leaves and red protective leaves around my new leaves provide a nice contrast. By the way, those protective leaves are called cataphylls. Did you know that?
Together with Audrey, I flew all the way over from Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, I grow from a shoot to a full-grown plant in one and a half years. Once I am big enough, I am taken to Plantanious, where I will grow for an additional six months. On the movie you can see where I come from. What a journey, huh?
Where should you place me?
Put me in a bright to semi-bright spot in the house, where I won't be bothered by any draughts.
What do I like?
A regular sip of lukewarm water, that's what I like. I also like to get fertilizer once a month during the growing season.
Plantanious works together with the Work with Nature foundation. Our tropical rainforests are disappearing at a rapid pace and an enormous biodiversity is being lost along with the trees. If it were up to us, the jaguar would soon walk around again in the rainforest in Costa Rica protected by 'Adopt Rainforest'! The place where many of our special plants originate. In order to make an important contribution to the goal of the foundation - to protect 2,000 hectares of rainforest in the next ten years - we donate part of our turnover to protect part of the tropical rainforest. To achieve their goal, the foundation puts money into protection, conservation, reforestation, education and research.
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