The soil requirement of the plant is generally well-drained, weathered soil consisting of lateritic types, and sedimentary types, no lateritic red or alluvial soils.
The climatic conditions for optimum growth of rubber trees are:
- Rainfall of around 250 cm evenly distributed without any marked dry season and with at least 100 rainy days per year
- Temperature range of about 20 to 34 °C, with a monthly mean of 25 to 28 °C
- High atmospheric humidity of around 80%
- Bright sunshine, amounting to about 2000 hours per year at the rate of six hours per day throughout the year
- Absence of strong winds
Many high-yielding clones have been developed for commercial planting. These clones yield more than 2,000 kg of dry rubber per hectare per year, when grown under ideal conditions.