Houseplants forum: New rubber plant in bad shape

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krystenr1
Jul 20, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Just bought this rubber plant last night and it looks rather unhappy - it has many new leaves but they are all very curled or yellow and it seems generally unenthused. I brought it home in hopes of bringing it back to contentedness. Any tips?


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ljones26
Jul 20, 2017 1:50 PM CST
To be honest I don't think that looks bad at all.....

Just remove the yellow leaves.
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purpleinopp
Jul 20, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Agree. Getting rained on once or twice should remove those "store spots." Keep it in a bright spot, preferably with some direct sun.
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krystenr1
Jul 20, 2017 4:32 PM CST
ljones26 said:To be honest I don't think that looks bad at all.....

Just remove the yellow leaves.


Oh really?! Okay, great! I have five other rubber plants (I'm obsessed), but I've never had curling leaves like this. This is also the first rubber plant I've purchased that already had a stake in it to hold it up. Most of my other ones are much smaller in size. The yellow leaf is a brand new leaf so I was worried that that meant it had been overwatered at the gardening center where I bought it. If I put it outside in direct sun and alternate it between a shaded area outside and a direct sun area, is that a good idea? The direct sun here in Los Angeles can be a bit much most days, which is why I am suggesting alternating it every few days. What do you think?
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gasrocks
Jul 21, 2017 10:07 AM CST
Sorry, but my first reaction is: Why buy it if it looks unhappy? Gene
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krystenr1
Jul 21, 2017 10:29 AM CST
gasrocks said:Sorry, but my first reaction is: Why buy it if it looks unhappy? Gene


Mostly because I enjoy trying to see if I can bring them back to happiness :)



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WillC
Jul 22, 2017 3:27 PM CST
I only see one small leaf at the base of the plant that has an unusual curl to it. The others are perfectly normal. Not all rubber plant leaves will look identical because there are many different varieties and they are grown in different conditions. I think your concerns here are unwarranted. I am sure it is happy to have you, so enjoy it!!
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purpleinopp
Jul 23, 2017 6:02 AM CST
Either a plant is acclimated to direct sun or it isn't. Taking it in/out sounds like a lot of extra work, and if I tried something like that, I would forget it at the wrong time.

Acclimation isn't about brief periods of extremes, but gradually moving a plant over the course of weeks into more exposure. Starting with the first or last hour of sunshine of the day, increasing gradually until the exposure reaches desired level. Or one could start by placing in a spot where there is shade all day, and gradually moving toward more sun.

Ficus elastica does not need tons of direct sun to look happy & healthy, but can handle it if acclimated. The only thing detracting from a perfectly lovely appearance regarding the plant pictured above is the store spots, IMVHO.
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krystenr1
Jul 24, 2017 8:31 AM CST
purpleinopp said:
Ficus elastica does not need tons of direct sun to look happy & healthy, but can handle it if acclimated. The only thing detracting from a perfectly lovely appearance regarding the plant pictured above is the store spots, IMVHO.


Sorry, when you say "store spots" are you referring to the curling leaves or something else?
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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2017 12:56 PM CST
The white film/spots that seems to be on the leaves of almost all plants for sale at stores. Hard water/mineral/foliar fertilizer deposits.
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purpleinopp
Aug 13, 2017 7:04 AM CST
How is this plant doing?
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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 11:10 AM CST
purpleinopp said:How is this plant doing?


This one is very happy!! I have some others that are struggling, but this guy is doing great.
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purpleinopp
Aug 14, 2017 5:22 AM CST
Awesome!
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