Houseplants forum: Var. rubber plant help

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Name: Brian
Syracuse, NY (Zone 5b)
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GraceHazel
Feb 2, 2018 7:18 PM CST
I got this rubber plant from Home Depot about 2.5 months ago behind the soil bags, it was completely dried out and the leaves were wrinkled. I watered it and the wrinkles soon went away. My concern is that it's not growing... not one bit, the growing tip has stayed the same size as well as the leaves... this became a concern when more light came into my plant room as winter is coming to a draw, and my other rubber plants are coming out of dormancy and started growing again. It is repotted into a size bigger pot and is only watered when it looks a tiny bit wilted. Will it eventually grow or is this a goner?
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kniphofia
Feb 3, 2018 2:03 AM CST
How recently did you put it into that pot? It looks overpotted, and is prone to overwatering and root rot, especially in winter when it wouldn't really be in active growth although you say your other plants are growing.
It sounds like your plant has gone through some pretty serious stress in the last few months so you've done well to have it still looking fairly healthy. I'd be happy to just let it settle down for a while in its new environment.
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Faridat
Feb 4, 2018 12:19 PM CST
Hello! This is not a plant that grows quickly, it's a real slow grower. It will grow, but you have to be patient. And even in the new growth, you have to be patient when it shows up. Mine has put on two leaves in maybe four or five months, just to give you an idea.
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WillC
Feb 4, 2018 1:10 PM CST
You managed to rescue your Ficus just in time and have done a great job. But be patient. Others have mentioned that this plant tends to grow slowly and often in spurts. Because yours was repotted and experienced neglect before your rescue, it is now putting most of its energy into filling the pot with new roots. Only then will it start to push out new growth. The growing tip looks very healthy. All it needs is your continued good care, time and patience from you - nothing else!
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