Learn how to properly care for a Rubber Plant

If you hang on Instagram these days, you will notice plants in their prime, using leaves that are exceptionally fresh, an elegant stand, amazing colours or uncommon capabilities. It’s nice to picture them directly from the plant nursery, but it’s nicer to have the ability to maintain them ‘instagrammable’ condition. You know it by now, Hieta garden attention is all about assisting you to take care of your favourite plants on the very long term.

That is why this aricle Hieta garden will provide you a step-by-step explanation of how I over-watered my rubber plant and the way I fortunately understood the problem before it was too late. I hope all of the rubber plant parents out there will benefit from that!

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rubber plant

I am always careful when hietagarden.com water my rubber plant because I know that it doesn’t tolerate large amounts of water very well.

At home, this plant remains potted in its plastic pot. But it is put within a larger decorative terrazzo planter pot (as you can see above) and merged with a thick layer of moss. So, the plastic pot is out of reach, also, due to that, I am made to water from above, making things much more difficult. My preferred watering technique would be to water from below instead (soaking it into a tray) because it is more homogeneous and the plant can absorb just what it needs before I drain excess water away. Back to my story, I did not have an option and watered with the content of one large glass and left for vacation. I guess it is the technique that is used by many of you, therefore I thought it was worth writing about it. Guess what happened ? When I came back a couple of the bottom leaves were feeling unwell and turned yellow. One yellowish leaf dropped this morning when I moved the plant and another one will follow shortly, sadly. Not certain if I’ll be able to regain this leaf. Let’s analyze what has happened and learn something:

  • The soil was completely dry , but the plant had been feeling wholesome .
  • The water intake was not optional and the surplus water did not drain properly.
  • Roots at the bottom of the pot needed to sit excess water for many days.

The plant responded to the by sacrificing the older leaves in the base of this stem cells, in favor of the new ones (the big leaves that are directly attached to the main stem of the plant are the oldest)

Hieta garden probably have to have watered less, more evenly, or made sure to drain excess water properly (see the soaking technique that constantly proves to have better results).

To fix the problem, I stopped watering her for a longer period of time, cut the leaves and let her be. I know she can grow on neglect and that I was being a small over-caring with her. She’s a grown-up, lesson learned!

Prefer watering from below, by massaging the plant in a tray in a couple of hours. In my experience it is more homogeneous and less likely to over-watering.

If you water it, don’t drench it and be certain that all the water drains well from this kettle . No roots sitting in water, fine?! To do that, I maintain my plant up by the plastic pot and then wiggle it, to help drain out excess water through the drainage holes. I then leave the plant away from the decorative pot for a couple of hours until I put it backagain.

  • Rubber plant is a hardy species that tolerates dry dirt quite well, therefore favor staying on the under-watering side.
  • In the event the leaves (usually the biggest ones, at the base ) have become yellow or brown, that’s a indication of overwatering.
  • Let it dry out completely during prolonged intervals between waterings.
  • In the event the yellow/brown stains are dispersing from the inner region of the leaf and outside, that’s again a sign of overwatering.
  • On the contrary, if the plant is under-watered, each of the leaves will become softer or droopy, not just the bottom ones.
  • If the air is too dry, the tips will dry out first and the yellow/brown spots will grow inwards.
  • When the plant is well hydrated, leaves are firm and strong, holding up nicely, with a wonderful waxy glow.

The rubber plant is one of my favorite Invincible Houseplants since I know it will recover from this small accident. Not a revengeful plant. Generally speaking, it accommodates well for both bright indirect sunlight and low light, and can stand relatively long periods without water.