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Fort Wayne, IN
aepost
May 29, 2020 2:43 PM CST
I purchased this rubber plant a week ago and have increasingly seen not so good signs! I repotted it the next day and lightly watered it, but that was the last time I watered it until today. Browns spots and leaf edges continue to grow and today there has grown light green powder-like substance along with holes on a leaf! One leaf has already fallen off! I have been reading everywhere online and concerned I had overwatered it, however I looked at the roots today and it was all very dry. It's currently sitting in my living room but for the first 4 days I had it in more direct evening sun. I love this little plant and I am sad to see it declining so quickly!
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oneeyeluke
May 30, 2020 1:37 AM CST
You're keeping the soil too wet and it's causing the brown edges. A plant pushes water through to the edge of its leaves, and if given in excess, this can cause veins at the edges to burst, which leads to browning. Remove any new excess soil off the top of the old soil to allow it to dry faster.
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jikoller
May 30, 2020 1:50 AM CST
There could be a few factors.
One: repotting right away when you bought it might have shocked it- especially when it's in a new environment.
Two: I'm assuming it was purchased as an indoor plant so direct outdoor sunlight would also cause damage- especially if it was already shocked from the reporting
Three: If you feel you have been watering but the bottom is really dry then sometimes it could mean you are watering inconsistently. It's tricky- you can't water too much, but also not too little. I always feel the soil about once a week for indoor plants before I water. Drainage is your friend, some rocks at the bottom of your pot or well drained soil mix will help a lot! Also clip the dead leaves off right away so your plant can focus on new growth Smiling
Good luck!
-Jillian
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WillC
May 30, 2020 8:05 AM CST
I agree with Jillian that the leaf spot may have been caused by damage to the roots during repotting, especially if you removed some of the original soil. However, I disagree with putting "drainage material" in the bottom of pots. That is not necessary when a pot has a drain hole, as it always should.

You mentioned that the roots looked dry. That should never happen. The soil dries from the top down. That means it is okay to let the top half to one inch of soil get dry, but the soil below that should always remain damp or wet.

Plants potted in terra cotta dry out much sooner than those in plastic pots. In fact, very dry terra cotta can actually wick moisture out of the soil and away from the roots.

Give your plant a thorough watering. Then water it subsequently whenever the top half-inch of soil feels dry.

Keep it inside close to a moderately sunny window.
Will Creed
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Fort Wayne, IN
aepost
May 31, 2020 7:19 AM CST
Thank you all for your input! Is the plant recoverable?
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 31, 2020 8:13 AM CST
Yes, your plant will certainly survive if you adjust your watering. Leaves that are already damaged will not recover, but with proper watering new leaves that come in should be fine.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Fort Wayne, IN
aepost
May 31, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Great thank you! I have attempted to implement all the suggestions and am hoping for the best!

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