The Q&A Archives: Rubbertree Plant

Question: I've had a rubbertree plant for 14yrs & all of a sudden it's leaves are falling at a rapid pace. I water it, feed it, I repotted it last year. Help!

Answer: A rubber plant can lose leaves for a number of reasons. It could be too much or too little water but is nearly always too little water on the bottom roots. This happens because the plant may get water frequently but never gets enough water to soak the bottom roots. Roots always grow downward so it is not critical what the top of the soil is like but it is very important to get water down to the bottom of the pot. On the other hand, too much water is as bad, or worse, than too little. Rubber plants are very susceptible to changes in environment, drafts, heat sources, etc. I don't know if your plant is indicating a displeasure with it's position in your home or in the soil's moisture content but in either case it should recover once you've determined and corrected the condition. Good luck with your rubber plant.

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