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Wombaty
May 9, 2020 1:47 PM CST
Hi,

I have my rubber plant for over a year now and it wasn't the happiest of plants i own. However few weeks ago I noticed small black ( or so I thought) growth and thought that its dying and pulled it off. Little I knew that it could have been new leaf potentially was growing. Now I am left with green little growth as per image.

Please could you advise what I can do to help.
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oneeyeluke
May 10, 2020 1:39 AM CST
You removed the slip and it won't hurt anything. I'm wondering why you had this rubber tree for a year, and its only the size it is, because rubber trees should grow a foot a year. You need a little more light to get your plant growing again. Move it closer to the window, a little at a time, to find the brightest location you can find.
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London
Wombaty
Jun 7, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Thank you! I have moved it to the brightest suitable location following the advise and it seemed to be going allright. However since last week, the growth seemed to have stopped. Is there anything else i can do to help with this new growth for my poor little fellow?
Thank You!
London
Wombaty
Jun 8, 2020 3:48 AM CST
Thank you! I have moved it to the brightest suitable location following the advise and it seemed to be going allright. However since last week, the growth seemed to have stopped. Is there anything else i can do to help with this new growth for my poor little fellow?
Thank You!
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 10:28 AM CST
How do you decide when to water and how much do you give it?

When was it last repotted?
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London
Wombaty
Jun 8, 2020 10:34 AM CST
I put my finger and if 2 inches in the soil are dry, i will water. I only water so only little bit comes out into the plate.
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 10:37 AM CST
If it is still in its nursery pot, you are letting the soil get dry too deep in the pot. If you repotted it, that will slow its growth.
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London
Wombaty
Jun 8, 2020 11:16 AM CST
I have re-potted it few months ago. Do i need to water more often?
London
Wombaty
Jun 8, 2020 11:18 AM CST
Thats how it looks like now - all turned red(-ish) colour.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 8, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Please post a photo that shows the entire plant, including its pot.

When you repotted, how much of the original soil did you remove? What did you replace it with? Does the new pot have a drain hole?

How do you decide when to water and how much do you provide? How often is that?
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Wombaty
Jun 8, 2020 12:46 PM CST
I have removed all the soil and replaced it with compost, coir, perlite, little bit of sand and orchid bark mix. New pot has a draining hole. Id say I water it once a week or when the soil feels dry (2inches from top) and i stop the water if i see it getting on the plate. I also used fertilizer couple of times since re-potting it.


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 9, 2020 6:58 AM CST
Replacing soil also damages many of the roothairs. That may be responsible for the difficulties you are having with the new growth. Be patient and give your plant a chance to rebuild its root system somewhat at the expense of top growth.

Stop fertilizing as there is probably an abundance of nutrients already.
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London
Wombaty
Jun 9, 2020 7:18 AM CST
Thank You!
London
Wombaty
Jul 1, 2020 3:44 PM CST
Hello All. Thank you so much for all the advise. Would like to share some happy news Smiling
Was rewarded not with one but two new babies!
Patience pays off! Hurray!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jul 2, 2020 7:57 AM CST
Hooray for patience and your success! Hurray!
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