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Q.I Have Had A Plant For 18 Years. Leaves Are Falling Off Of It Every Day.

Zone Outside of Detroit Michigan 48036 | Anonymous added on December 19, 2020 | Answered

I only know it by the nickname rubber plant or 5 finger plant. It was at one time 6 foot tall. I have put it out every summer for a couple months and it loved it. This year I trans-planted it into a larger pot and then the plant was quite heavy and it ended up staying out on the balcony until October when it was cold as I couldn’t get it up the stairs without help. The leaves are just falling off like crazy and some of the leaves have dark dead spots on them. Anything I can do to help it? I don’t want to lose this plant.

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Answered on December 21, 2020

It may have sustained cold damage. While there are a couple different plants called a five finger plant, rubber plant isn't one of them. So I'm not certain what you have but either of those do not tolerate cold weather. Follow these directions to help save the plant:

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