Hey guys!!! Rubber tree desperately needs help.

tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)March 27, 2013

Not sure wth I did. I might have let this one go too dry, not even sure. But this is one of my favorite plants and I dont know how to save it. Please help me. The stems are turning brown at the bottom and I have leaf drop...

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

It looks like you overwatered it. i would letit dry out for a week or so

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Tuckamore

Ive seen this happen during winter months. I had one that was 4' tall get down to a single leaf during a long winter but perk back up and grow very quick once spring started.

These plants are generally quite tolerant so over watering is usually more of a problem than under watering. Place it somewhere warm with lots of light and go easy on the water.

This is what worked for me but Im sure other people here will have different ideas

Goodluck!

Tuck

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

How soon until your plants can bask in those great new windows?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:59AM
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Tuckamore

You got 3 answers in 1 minute, not bad! lol

Tuck

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

LOL no doubt, the "desperate" word gets attention! Tiff, I'm certainly not sure if you're not sure about the water situation, but more light usually cures all for a RT inside, assuming it's not a pest issue.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:12AM
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tifflj(6 Pitts, PA)

Tiff.. No kidding!! I sure sparked attention. May 1st we close, them my babies will have all that light! Cant wait.

Thanks everyone. I really thought I underwatered it. I left it go for quite a long time..

The internet says it is dying and to cut in the remaining green part above a node and plant in soil and sand... Thoughts?

I certainly know the stems shouldnt turn brown...

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Tuckamore

Are your stems turning brown or growing "bark"? Its not rare for the green skin of this plant to get a rough covering once it reaches a more mature state.

You seem to have lots of stems there so if you think the plant may be dieing there is no harm in starting a new plant just in case. Thats what I would do. You may even end up with two plants :)

Give it lots of light and let the soil dry out before adding more water

Goodluck!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:31AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

If you're pretty sure it was too dry, it's not unusual that it would drop some leaves, and that should also rule out risk of rotting. I wouldn't mess with it until you after you move. Trimming anything will encourage it to grow more, but w/o sufficient light, will need to draw on energy reserves to do so. In a weakened state, propagation success is much less likely, for mama and cuttings. If there isn't enough sun for mama, the cuttings in the same exposure would have little chance, assuming that's an issue, not just got too dry.

The stems should turn brown, it's a tree, just making bark. Do they feel firm or soft/mushy?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 10:38AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Maybe it did get underwatered. the general cure is to give it regular waterings and shed some light

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:48PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Maybe it did get underwatered. the general cure is to give it regular waterings and shed some light

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 2:49PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Dump it out of the pot. If the soil is soggy and smells bad it is rotting.....

Death from being too dry would not cause browing at the soil line. It would be droopy and the new growth would be dried up.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 9:21PM
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