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SamJ004
Jun 12, 2020 5:13 AM CST
I'm worried if the spot (indicated below) will eventually be suitable for my rubber plant (which will arrive soon). There's no issue with light - A couple hours of direct light in the morning and indirect for the rest of the day. Drafts don't seem to occur either when I open my top window, so that should be fine? To start with I might put it by the window (until its big enough for the larger pot). I'd like to grow it nice and tall as i'm fond of their shape and structure.

My main fear is with the radiator. It doesn't get very hot (you can hold your hand there for a while), and I hope that the pot (size indicated below) will direct most of the heat away. Still can't help but worry though, as this is pretty much the only place the plant can go.

If you guys have any tips, ideas or experiences with this then please let me know! I understand that these plants are pretty hardy but I'd like to make this work and take as much care of it as I can.

thanks for your help.


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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 10:04 AM CST
Welcome! From your description of the light, that is a good location for it. As long as the plant and pot are not in direct contact with the radiator, that will not be a problem. Only very cold winter drafts would be a problem. Warm fresh air is fine.

I know you are eager for your new plant to grow quickly, but you will have to be patient. Your plant will grow best if it is kept moderately potbound. Larger pots tend to retard growth while the roots grow to fill the pot.
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SamJ004
Jun 12, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Hi Will,

Thanks for your reply. It arrived today :)

I'm glad to hear that the radiator shouldn't be a problem. I will make certain to be patient with its growth, and only repot once it definitely needs it. The pot it has come in should be suitable for quite a while based on your advice.

Thanks again
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plantladylin
Jun 12, 2020 6:47 PM CST
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) should do well in full sun, or partial to dappled shade. The only issue the nearby radiator might cause is that you will have to water the plant more often because the heat from the radiator will likely dry it out rather quickly.
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SamJ004
Jun 15, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Thanks for the replies, I'll bear in mind what effects the radiator will have in the winter, and keep an eye on the soil. I have it set on a humidity tray and mist regularly, figured that would be sensible while its next to the window.

As another measure I have plans to make a cover for that part of the radiator out of some thick MDF. From what you say it might not be all that necessary, but I figured it would make a difference in the cold months.

Thank You!
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