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Help Rubber Plant Dying

Posted by Nita14 none (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 11, 13 at 13:40

I had this Rubber plant inside near window with decent sunlight. Its leaves drooped suddenly. I tried watering more, keeping it outisde in Sun but it has not helped.
Please can someone help. Is it some disease. I do not want the plant to die.
I have lost one rubber plant like that just a month before.

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RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

Hi Nita,

I realize you're upset about the plant, but you've posted this 3 times already today.

Pls. allow people 1 day or 2 (at least) to respond.

Also, since it's likely to be a problem w/ your soil, pls. show pix &/or describe the soil otherwise it's unlikely we can offer much help.

Does the pot have a hole in the bottom?

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

from the picture you posted on the other thread, your plant is toast. Looks to be overwatered. The stalk looks like its shriveling more then likely from root rot.

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

Dear pirate_girl
I know I posted by mistake 3 times but you are right I am over anxious. Thankfully I am getting some good advise and understand this must have happened due to soil which retain water-the pot does have a hole in the bottom.
Can the plant be revived?

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

Dear grrr4200
thanks-yes I now understand now that root rot has set in. Can anything be done to revive?

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

They grow very easily from cuttings, which would be one way to preserve it. But if you remove it from the soil, clean it up and trim off roots that are rotting or damaged it should be okay in new, light, fast draining soil. A lot of these Ficus start off life as an epiphyte in a tree, eventually sending roots down to the ground. So they cope with drought better than they do with too much water.

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

Looking at the picture honestly there is no hope, even if you take a cutting. the stems are very veined/shriveled which is a 'goner' stage. Throw it out and start over, now that you have some good tips you wont go through the same thing all over again.

RE: Help Rubber Plant Dying

Here's your pic, upright. Unpotting it would yield more info. If you find everything's mushy, it's dead. If not, drying out, as suggested, could help it revive, I'd put in fresh soil too.

Though there's a hole in the bottom of the pot, is there an attached drain saucer also? Or is it a nursery pot in a more decorative outer pot?

Love your floor, BTW!

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