Posted by Chris on February 24, 2003 at 22:48:25:
In Reply to: Rubber Plant needs help posted by Amanda on February 23, 2003 at 19:55:43:
Rubber Plants like to dry out quite a bit bewteen watering and will drop their leaves if kept too damp. My plant is still dormant - hasn't grown at all since early fall - and I let the soil dry out to at least 1/2" below the surface. During the spring & summer I water it when just the surface is dry. Twice a week sounds like a lot if it's in a fairly large pot.
I've read that rubber plants also do well when slightly potbound. If it's in too big of a pot, it might not be able to use all the water you give it. This also contributes to over-moist soil.
Ficuses also don't like to be moved around and are known to drop leaves or exhibit any number of upsetting behaviors when they re-acclimate. Find a good place for it (out of direct sunlight) & keep it there.
The lost leaves will never grow back. One way to re-generate it would be to cut the main stem back to encourage some new branches.
Hope she feels better!