Houseplants forum: Rubber tree leaves grow in crinkly

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krystenr1
Sep 7, 2017 1:00 PM CST
I have 7 rubber plants and love them all dearly. However, two of the plants have leaves that grow in "crinkly". Instead of the flat shape that I'm used to, they are wavy. Why is this? Is it a bad sign? The plants seem to otherwise be healthy, so I'm confused by it. At first it was just mature leaves that were already there when I purchased the plants, but even new growth under my care has some crinkly leaves (to be clear, not all of the leaves on the plant appear this way). One of the plants sits outside on a north-facing patio, the other is inside next to both a north-facing and an east-facing window.


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gasrocks
Sep 7, 2017 1:05 PM CST
I do not see crinkly as to another word like pleated. They look fine and healthy to me. Perhaps some random variation between plants? Relax. Gene
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krystenr1
Sep 7, 2017 1:15 PM CST
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tarev
Sep 7, 2017 1:31 PM CST
How often are you watering it? The plant thrives indoors with bright light, but at this time of the year, it will not mind frequent watering. In its typical habitat, it likes warm and humid conditions.

I remember my late mother-in-law's rubber tree in our homeland, its aggressive roots was able to escape its container and went direct to the water drainage. No wonder it was just living happily in its container, it has found an escape route to get more water. Humidity levels there are through the roof daily too, at 80% to 100%, so the plant actively grows and is such a water hog there.

Over here in the US, with the varying seasons, you have to adjust watering, a little more in summer, much less in winter. We also got lousy humidity in California, so it may also account for the slightly curvy leaves of your plant, but looking at your plant, seems it is enduring it. It does have drought tolerance attribute too.
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krystenr1
Sep 7, 2017 1:46 PM CST
A lot of the crinkly leaves on the second plant were already there when I bought it, I was just surprised to see them continue in new growth. Sad
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tarev
Sep 7, 2017 6:07 PM CST
How long have you gotten the plants?
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krystenr1
Sep 7, 2017 7:13 PM CST
About three months
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tarev
Sep 7, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Ah, so pretty much this entire summer period. This summer has been awfully hot and dry. It is good you already have them positioned on the north/north east side of your patio.

As I have mentioned already, these plants are happiest in high humid conditions best. Give it time, overall it is not looking as bad.

I have to literally spray water daily on some of my plants here, so it can endure this summer.

Seasons are changing, hopefully there would be better humidity conditions soon.
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krystenr1
Sep 7, 2017 7:27 PM CST
Okay, thank you!
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WillC
Sep 8, 2017 9:55 AM CST
Krysten - Overall, your Rubber plant is very healthy and I don't think the wavy leaves are a cause for concern. I understand you are looking for an explanation.

My educated guess is that you may be letting the soil get a bit too dry between waterings. Yours is tightly potted, which is fine, and it is in a terra cotta pot. Both those conditions call for more frequent watering than otherwise. Given the circumstances here, it would be pretty hard to over water it, something you might normally worry about.
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krystenr1
Sep 8, 2017 10:56 AM CST
That sounds likely, Will. The only two that have crinkly leaves are two that are in areas with brighter sunlight, so they likely need a bit more water than the others.

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