Houseplants forum: Time for a rubber plant repot?

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krystenr1
Nov 15, 2017 2:48 PM CST
I noticed that one of my rubber plants is putting out lots of little air roots along the stem and was wondering if this may be a sign it would like a bigger pot? It sits in a south-facing window and I water it every few days but it does dry out rather quickly.


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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 15, 2017 3:09 PM CST
We need a pix of the entire plant vs. present pot size. Gene
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plantladylin
Nov 15, 2017 3:37 PM CST
If your Ficus elastica seems happy and healthy in it's current container, I would not repot. Ficus have a tendency to produce adventitious (aerial) roots ... it's the normal habit for many Ficus.
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krystenr1
Nov 15, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Ignore the monstera who can never seem to help get in the way.


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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 15, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Lovely ... and pot size looks fine to my old eyes but hopefully others will pop in with suggestions/advice.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 15, 2017 4:25 PM CST
When I was a Freshman in the dorm we had a pet hamster. Very against the rules. We named it:: Well Enough. Guys would come into our room and want to play with our hamster and we'd say: Leave Well Enough alone. Likewise for your beautiful rubber tree. Gene
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purpleinopp
Nov 16, 2017 8:51 AM CST
(Applause for Gene's post!)
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Nov 16, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Thanks.
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krystenr1
Nov 16, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Loved the story, Gene, and I will take your advice and leave it alone for now. Given how quickly it dries out after a thorough watering though, I think I'll plan to repot in the spring.
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WillC
Nov 16, 2017 1:36 PM CST
How long does it go in between thorough waterings? How do you determine that it is dry enough to need water?
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krystenr1
Nov 16, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Honestly, it dries out in less than a day! I stick my fingers 3-4 inches into the soil to test for moisture before watering.
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plantladylin
Nov 16, 2017 2:30 PM CST
It looks like a deep pot though so there may still be sufficient water at root level.
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WillC
Nov 16, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Something is not quite right here, Krysten. Ther is no way that the soil can dry 3-4 inches deep in less than a day after a thorough watering. It may be the soil is holding more moisture than you realize. Or maybe there are several inches of loose soil on top of the rootball from repotting. If so, remove it and probe the rootball itself when determining moisture level.
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krystenr1
Nov 16, 2017 4:36 PM CST
Haha oops! I meant 3-4 CM, not INCHES
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krystenr1
Nov 16, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Also, it's possible I'm not giving it a very "thorough" watering. Will, how much water would constitute thorough for this plant?
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gasrocks
Nov 16, 2017 5:17 PM CST
One thing you can do is every other month or 3, water it from the bottom. Sit in a bucket, sink of water until the top of the soil is wet. Gene
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WillC
Nov 16, 2017 7:37 PM CST
I'm guessing that 3-4 cm is just about how much loose soil you have on top of the surface of the rootball. If it scrapes off easily, I suggest you remove it.

Whenever you water always add just enough so that a small amount trickles through the drain holes. That's why having drain holes is important. Partial or incomplete waterings are not good for the plant.
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purpleinopp
Nov 17, 2017 8:55 AM CST
If the soil is very chunky, it can be necessary to pour a lot of water over all of the surface to make sure all of the soil gets wet. This is why I don't even have saucers under pots because they need to be taken to shower or outside to be watered.

Also, if there is a significant percentage of peat, it can become so dry that it's hydrophobic and water just runs right by instead of soaking in.

Picking up plants before/after watering can let you know if there's a noticeable weight gain. If not, thorough moistening may not have been accomplished.

Looks like an unglazed clay pot. Those allow soil to dry MUCH more quickly.
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WillC
Nov 17, 2017 12:29 PM CST
I think it is best to avoid letting the potting mix get so dry that the peat gets hydrophobic and that it is necessary to be taken to a shower for drenching.
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purpleinopp
Nov 17, 2017 1:59 PM CST
The necessity of my taking outside or to shower is because the soil is too chunky to moisten without significant overflow.
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