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kalikuma
May 3, 2020 1:19 PM CST
Hi everyone,
I recently moved from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest and took all of my plants with me. They were extremely unhappy with the lack of sun in the winter up here but now they seem to be doing well with the longer days and plentiful sun. However, I seem to be killing the rubber tree I've had for over a year.

I have to admit that I haven't been the best caretaker. I water when I notice the leaves drooping (maybe once a week?), and I don't really pay attention to how much I water the plant. It's in a ceramic decorative pot, in the plastic pot it came in when I bought it, with a plastic tray under it. It's by the window but because of where it's situated, it doesn't get direct sun at all. I've never fertilized it.

I noticed that some of the leaves are yellowing, and upon closer inspection, the stems look blotchy and are wrinkled in some spots. I'm afraid I let the roots rot with bad watering, so now I've stopped watering it at all.

I've looked online but there are conflicting reasons as to what I could be doing wrong. Any advice for saving my plant and/or taking care of a rubber tree in general would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 4, 2020 8:32 AM CST
Plant problems cannot be reliably diagnosed just by leaf symptoms. A photo that shows the entire plant would be helpful.

I suspect your erratic watering may be the problem. In the photo, the soil looks very dry. If you wait until the leaves droop before watering, then you have waited too long.

In general, it is best to water your Rubber Plant as soon as the top inch of soil feels dry. Then, water it thoroughly enough that some trickles through the holes of the plastic pot. Consistency also matters.
Will Creed
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kalikuma
May 4, 2020 12:19 PM CST
Hi Will,

Thank you for your response. Attached are photos of the entire plant. Most of the leaves are fine but there are a couple that are flopped over to lay flat against the stem.

I'll be more diligent about checking the soil for dryness and more consistent about watering my plant. I also moved it to a location where it gets a little bit more indirect sun per day.
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 5, 2020 8:20 AM CST
I don't see anything that improved light and better attention to watering won't improve. The yellow leaves will not recover so you can trim those off.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

kalikuma
May 5, 2020 4:20 PM CST
Thank you for your help, Will. I'll pay better attention to my plant. :)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 6, 2020 7:41 AM CST
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Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

kalikuma
May 6, 2020 11:01 PM CST
Thank you for your help, Will. I'll pay better attention to my plant. :)

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