Houseplants forum: Rubber Plant help

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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Why are the newer leaves on all of my rubber plants starting to curl? When a new leaf unfurls, they look great. Within a few weeks they have started to look like this. I have had most of these plants for a long time and never experienced this.

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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 13, 2017 12:14 PM CST
It does not appear to be a serious problem, but I suspect it is a result of some damage done to the roots during or following the repotting. The pots are overly large, so be careful to allow the top quarter of the soil to dry before watering.
Will Creed
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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 12:22 PM CST
WillC said:It does not appear to be a serious problem, but I suspect it is a result of some damage done to the roots during or following the repotting. The pots are overly large, so be careful to allow the top quarter of the soil to dry before watering.


Thanks, Will. These haven't been repotted in at least three to four months and I've seen plenty of new growth in that time but nothing that's curling like this. I did move into a new home about two months ago so this is a new location for them. Could that have something to do with it?
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WillC
Aug 13, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Relocation of plants does require some acclimating to the new light intensity. In addition, it usually requires some adjustments in your watering routine. Indoor environments often appear to be the same, but they rarely are. Even small changes in light intensity can make a substantial difference.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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krystenr1
Aug 13, 2017 10:16 PM CST
WillC said:Relocation of plants does require some acclimating to the new light intensity. In addition, it usually requires some adjustments in your watering routine. Indoor environments often appear to be the same, but they rarely are. Even small changes in light intensity can make a substantial difference.


I think they're getting slightly less sunlight now but I'm afraid my new house just doesn't have the same intensity of light filling it. I imagine I should therefore adjust my watering? I usually give them water daily to every two days in an effort to keep their soil moist (but not soggy). I also spray the leaves in the morning with a light mist.

I noticed that another of my rubber plants which is in a separate room and nowhere near these plants is doing the same thing, and it's in a south-facing window (while the others are in a north facing window), so I was surprised to see similar behavior. What am I doing wrong? I've had these plants for years and they've moved to different homes with me and are usually so resilient.


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 18, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Hi, Krysten - If the light seems less intense to you, then it probably is even less than you realize. Most folks tend to overestimate available light.

I suggest that you water your plants less frequently. Unless a plant is very small or very badly potbound, it should not need water more than about once per week. I know there are different techniques for watering, but light waterings every couple of days tend to lead to poor root development, if not root rot. It is generally better to water more deeply, but less frequently.

Older, well-established plants are often more resilient than less mature plants.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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