Houseplants forum: Is my rubber plant okay?

Views: 293, Replies: 10 » Jump to the end
Los Angeles
Image
krystenr1
Jul 12, 2017 8:11 AM CST
What does the discoloration on this leaf indicate?

Thumb of 2017-07-12/krystenr1/fcdf25
Thumb of 2017-07-12/krystenr1/8ce4a5
Thumb of 2017-07-12/krystenr1/108f73

Georgia (Zone 8a)
Region: Georgia Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Houseplants Cactus and Succulents Annuals
Foliage Fan Birds Critters Allowed Hummingbirder Butterflies Bee Lover
Image
Hamwild
Jul 12, 2017 11:50 AM CST
I could be completely off, but I believe the variegated rubber trees do have pink to them too.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
Tropicals Adeniums Plant Identifier
Image
Carter
Jul 12, 2017 5:40 PM CST
I'm not sure if that is part of the variegation or some discoloration, but overall you little ficus looks very happy & healthy. I'm leaning towards it being a discoloration since there is no other pink in the rest of the plant, but it may just be a one off thing - maybe too much sun as that new leaf unfurled at one certain time of the day or something (just a guess). I'd not worry about it unless the problem continues and/or spreads.
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
Herbs Annuals Hummingbirder Butterflies Garden Photography Cactus and Succulents
Birds Cat Lover Houseplants Garden Sages
Image
gasrocks
Jul 13, 2017 12:39 PM CST
Perhaps not enough humidity? Gene
Los Angeles
Image
krystenr1
Jul 13, 2017 8:52 PM CST
Thanks guys. I think maybe too much sun when that leaf was unfurling could be it. It didn't look like this when it first came out, but not long afterwards. And I know the leaves are particularly sensitive when they are new.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Jul 14, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Discoloration of new leaves is always more concerning than older leaf discoloration. Something was off right at the time that new leaf was just forming. Perhaps too much sun or maybe the soil got too dry at that point or maybe you had just recently repotted. It is all about the recent timing.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Jul 15, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Your plant reminds me of mine before I adjusted it to more sun.
Thumb of 2017-07-15/purpleinopp/3739e2

I had no idea it was a pink one.

👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Los Angeles
Image
krystenr1
Jul 15, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Interesting! I had it in bright but indirect light in my apartment in an east-facing window for the whole time I had it with many new leaves and no issues. I went out of town for a week and left it in the care of a friend and it's possible the watering schedule wasn't adhered to with the same diligence I usually give it Smiling Two days ago I moved it into my new house and it's in bright indirect light in a south-facing window. Will keep you posted!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
purpleinopp
Jul 15, 2017 10:27 AM CST
I look forward to seeing this beauty as it grows!

My plant was adjusted gradually, over the course of about a year, to being in direct sun most of the day outside, and as close as possible to a S window while inside for winter. It was in the ground last summer but that didn't seem to inspire it the way it does some other plants so it has stayed in its' pot this summer. I put it in the almost-white color pot last fall with this in mind (vs. a darker color pot that gets too hot to touch when in direct sun.)

This much sun is not at all necessary to have a happy, healthy, beautiful plant, but I so love the red/pink on mine and want it to stay as intensely colorful as possible. The first year or so that I had it, it was just shades of gray/green. Perfectly lovely, I fell in love & bought it that way, but I prefer to see those other colors too.
👀😁😂 - SMILE! -☺😎☻☮👌✌∞☯🐣🐦🐔🐝🍯🐾
The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
[Last edited by purpleinopp - Jul 15, 2017 10:28 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1502602 (9)
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
Image
WillC
Jul 16, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Having others take care of your plants while away is often problematic. There may be things that you do that you didn't pass along adequately or, more likely, your instructions weren't followed in the way you intended. I know from experience that when you tell someone to water a plant once per week, for example, some folks will add just a tiny amount and others will flood the plant and leave it sitting in water. It is very hard to give very specific care instructions and even harder to find someone who will diligently follow those instructions. Maybe that's why I never go away for more than a day or so! But I'm not normal!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Los Angeles
Image
krystenr1
Jul 16, 2017 3:43 PM CST
WillC said:Having others take care of your plants while away is often problematic. There may be things that you do that you didn't pass along adequately or, more likely, your instructions weren't followed in the way you intended. I know from experience that when you tell someone to water a plant once per week, for example, some folks will add just a tiny amount and others will flood the plant and leave it sitting in water. It is very hard to give very specific care instructions and even harder to find someone who will diligently follow those instructions. Maybe that's why I never go away for more than a day or so! But I'm not normal!


I hate leaving them but I'm a frequent traveler so it's hard to avoid. I feel like my plant sitter is starting to get the hang of things, but you're right, it's just not the same.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Houseplants forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by sunnyvalley and is called "Autumn Colour"