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May 21, 2020 12:02 AM CST
Oakland, California
I got this plant from an online seller and it's much fuller than I expected. The spot I have for it didn't have too much light (under a west window and 5 feet from the door to the sunroom). It has 7?! stem in a 10" pot And I noticed many small leaves r buried inside and I already had to trim a couple in the last week (I got it a week ago). I also noticed the pot dried quickly - I had to water it again after 5 days and I watered it 2 days in a row when I first got it. Anyway - I'm worried that the pot is too crowded or too small for all the stems to grow properly. Any advice on how to better take care of it would be really appreciated.
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May 21, 2020 3:22 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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If you have to water your rubber tree more than one time a week, then you can up-pot into a larger container. Try to keep it an 2 inch increase only in size to better manage the watering. Make sure not to put any new soil on top of the older original soil and you should be ok.

Don't do a division on your rubber tree if you don't want to wait for a long time during a period of recovery. When you rip and tear the roots apart in a division, the plants suffer, and so it takes a lot time to recover. If the plant has too many main stalks for you, then just snip one or two on the outer edges. Take the cut-off and make cuttings and with the new potting soil you transplanted with or root them in water.

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May 21, 2020 8:31 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! You have a beautiful and well cared for the plant. Kudos to the online seller!

Contrary to conventional wisdom, plants do best when they are somewhat crowded as your is. Given its location 5 feet from the window, its growth rate will gradually slow down so it is in no danger of outgrowing its pot. In addition, you may find that over time it will need a bit less frequent watering.

If you repot, you risk damaging the roots and also inadvertently overwatering it subsequently. Dividing the plant will cause even greater damage.

If you find the plant is or becomes too big for your space, the stems can be pruned back without harm to the plant. But leave the soil and roots undisturbed.
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May 21, 2020 5:59 PM CST
Oakland, California
thank you guys!! I'm going to leave it as is for 2 weeks and see. It did have some brown leaves on the inside but hopefully that was just from being in a shipping box for a 5 days...
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