Re: Rubber Plant needs help

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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:

Hey Amanda,
A few possibilities come to my mind.

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!

: Help!
: I have had a rubber plant for 6 months now. I repotted it about a month ago. Now all the leaves are falling off. The leaves droop, then the stems connecting them to the rest of the plant turn yellow and finally the leaves fall off. I am getting very frustrated with it as I think I have been doing all the right things: I water it about 2 times a week, the room is warm, and I try to put it in the sun of a window about 3 times a week. Does anyone have any good advice??
: Also, will the leaves ever grow back (most of them have fallen off already and it looks like a stick with a couple of leaves)?
: Thanks!
: Amanda

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