Competitive Exams: Crops Rubber


  • It is the latex of ‘Hevea brasiliensis’ tree.

  • Other latex plantsbalata, funtunia elastica and gutta pecha.

  • Rubber tends to become sticky in hot and brittle in cold weather; therefore it is vulcanized (i.e.. Mixed with sulphur)

  • Needs 21 − 27° C of temperature

  • (50 − 250 cm) of rainfall, evenly distributed throughout the year.

  • Deep, friable well drained soils are ideal. Acidic soils are also suitable.

  • Land should be flat or gently undulating

  • Rubber tree sheds its leaves annually despite its equatorial habitat. This is known as Wintering.