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Rebersburg, PA
honkceasar
May 3, 2020 11:58 PM CST
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My rubber plant looks very unhappy and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It's about 3-4 feet away from a south facing window. I repotted it about 3 weeks ago. It's producing a new leaf but all the other leaves are either curled or drooping. Can I save it?
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 4, 2020 9:59 AM CST
Your plant is reacting to the repotting that wasn't necessary. It is better to double-pot plants and leave the roots and soil undisturbed.

How much of the original soil did you remove when you repotted? Did you put drainage material in the bottom of the pot? Did you add soil to the top of the original rootball?
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Rebersburg, PA
honkceasar
May 4, 2020 1:25 PM CST
WillC said:Your plant is reacting to the repotting that wasn't necessary. It is better to double-pot plants and leave the roots and soil undisturbed.

How much of the original soil did you remove when you repotted? Did you put drainage material in the bottom of the pot? Did you add soil to the top of the original rootball?


I didn't remove much of the original soil when I repotted it, there is drainage material at the bottom of the pot, and I'm pretty sure I added soil to the top of the rootball. Was I not supposed to do those things?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 5, 2020 8:26 AM CST
Welcome! Here are my rules for repotting:
1. Move it up one size only into a pot with drain holes.
2. Loosen the outer roots of the rootball just a bit. Sometimes a fork helps. Otherwise, disturb the roots as little as possible and don't remove any soil.
3. Use a soilless peat-based potting mix that has only peat moss, coir, and perlite as ingredients. You can easily mix your own using 4 parts of peat and 1 part of perlite.
4. Put some potting mix in the bottom of the larger pot but no stones or other drainage material. Set the rootball on top of that and fill in the sides with potting mix. Do NOT add any potting mix to the TOP of the original rootball.
5. Water thoroughly and add more potting mix if some of it sinks in around the sides.
6. You will have to adjust your watering after repotting as the added soil will not dry out as quickly as before.

Remove the soil you added to the top of the rootball. Does the pot have a drain hole?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Rebersburg, PA
honkceasar
May 17, 2020 9:59 PM CST
WillC said:Your plant is reacting to the repotting that wasn't necessary. It is better to double-pot plants and leave the roots and soil undisturbed.

How much of the original soil did you remove when you repotted? Did you put drainage material in the bottom of the pot? Did you add soil to the top of the original rootball?


I didn't remove much of the original soil when I repotted it, there is drainage material at the bottom of the pot, and I'm pretty sure I added soil to the top of the rootball. Was I not supposed to do those things?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 18, 2020 8:16 AM CST
See my previous post.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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