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Amandabluejayne
May 25, 2020 2:01 PM CST
Hi All,
I have a rubber plant that I almost killed and then brought back from the brink 2 years ago. It turns out that I was using too much fertilizer and I had to remove the soil from the roots and repot. Since then the plant has returned to a healthy looking state, but has not grown. There are a couple of leaves that were beginning at the time of the repotting that never opened and look like they never will. Does anyone know if it is advisable to pull them off so new leaves can take their place? Or will this further stunt the growth. Thanks!!!
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oneeyeluke
May 26, 2020 3:09 AM CST
Don't pull them off if they are on top. Post a photo.
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WillC
May 26, 2020 9:48 AM CST
If your plant really was overfertiized to the point of it being at toxic levels, then the solution was to flush clear water through the soil to rinse away the excess nutrients. Replacing soil is never a good idea because it invariably damages many of the tiny roothairs that do most of the work.

Recently repotted plants put their energy into filling the pot with roots at the expense of top growth. That accounts for the slowed growth. Lets hope that is the only problem going forward.
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