Houseplants forum→Can this variegated rubber plant tree be saved?

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May 30, 2020 10:42 PM CST

I bought this plant about 4 months ago. I repotted it form its original nursery pot to a larger nursery pot around 2 weeks later. Sometime after that, the bottom leaves started to get brown on the edges, but they didn't fall. I watered every 6-7 days, checking the top 2 inches of soil first. Since I also started to get fly gnats in the house, I decided to repot the plant once again into the same nursery pot but loosening the roots of the plant (they looked fine to me, but I'm no expert) and changing the soil. The previous soil looked too damp, so I also added more drainage holes.

It's been 2 weeks since that, I've been watering every 7 days and it's near a window that provides bright indirect light. It's getting worse and it has lost a lot of the bottom leaves.

What should I do? Is there anything that can help to save it? Is this a watering issue or it can be a disease?

Thanks so much for your help!

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[Last edited by anaa - May 30, 2020 10:44 PM (+)]
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Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
May 30, 2020 11:12 PM CST

Now........Stop Repotting Your Plant!! Every time you do you damage more root hairs which reduces the water uptake of the roots.
Ficus are notoriously sensitive to changes in their environment and respond by losing leaves, sometimes all at once and sometimes gradually. Rubber trees usually do the "brown edges then drop" routine.
Contrary to usual recommendations Rubber Trees do not do well in poorly lit areas inside. How far from a window is the plant? More than 6 feet is too far and you will need to move it closer.
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Name: Chenny
Queens, New York (Zone 7a)
Jun 2, 2020 11:16 AM CST
you might have repotted once to many times.
i still have my rubber plant sitting in the same soil and same pot since i got it 2 years ago.

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