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Northernplanter
Jan 21, 2018 3:32 PM CST
My indoor gumtree is not looking so great! It's leaves are Turing brown on the edges then yelloing, getting mushy and then they fall off. There are some white spots in the leaves but I have no idea what they are. I was just wondering is anyone had an idea what is wrong with it. I have enclosed a photo of the plant. Thanks for any Info, it is greatly appreciated!
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Faridat
Jan 21, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Hello! How long do you have this plant? Where do you keep it in your house?
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Northernplanter
Jan 21, 2018 3:56 PM CST
It's in a south facing window. I have had it for 3 years. I water it once a week in the winter and fertilize once a month.
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Faridat
Jan 21, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Mine had the same symptoms when it was exposed to cold while in the nursery. It eventually lost all the leaves that showed this, and has since stabilized. That is why I asked you, in case yours has been exposed to colder temperature.
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Northernplanter
Jan 21, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Interesting, you might be on to something there. I moved it 2 months ago. It is closer to the back door now and my roommate goes out there often too smoke. I ll try moving it and see if that does anything. How long did it take for yours to stop dropping leaves? Thanks for the advice!
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Faridat
Jan 21, 2018 5:05 PM CST
It took some months. All the affected leaves fell, but then it stabilized and showed new growth. It never again shed a leaf. I would advice against changing places with this plant, find a spot it loves and leave it there. Everyone says they are easy plants. I don't. I believe all ficus plants are fussy and love stability in everything. In watering, in light conditions, in temperature.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
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Northernplanter
Jan 21, 2018 9:29 PM CST
K I ll do that and keep an eye on it. I m hope it won't die on me. I ll do everything the same way and hope it stops dropping leaves. Thanks for the tips!!!
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Christine
Jan 22, 2018 7:31 AM CST
To add what Faridat has said, I think you should cut back on fertilizing for a couple of months..
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WillC
Jan 22, 2018 4:53 PM CST
Those symptoms are also consistent with overwatering.I can't really see the soil and pot very well, but it appears that the pot is quite large. Your Rubber Tree needs to dry a quarter of the way deep into the pot before watering. Water by need, not by the calendar.
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