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my indoor rubber tree is losing leaves

Zone New Hampshire | jscorson added on November 3, 2013 | Answered

My indoor rubber tree is losing its leaves and those that remain are very small.

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theficuswrangler
Answered on November 7, 2013

If this plant was bigger when you got it, and it's gradually been losing its big leaves, and the ones it grows have been getting smaller, in all probablility you've been keeping it too wet. Many varieties of Ficus, rubber tree among them, are super adaptable plants, and they can adjust to rather low light, but only if the soil is allowed to dry almost completely between watering. That means you must check the soil all the way to the bottom of the pot. This video will tell you a little more about soil testing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-8InSamYQ

Also, try to move it to a spot with more light. While rubber trees can adapt to lower light, they are not low-light plants. Moderate light - general working light for an office, or near a north or east window - is at their lower level of adaptability.

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AnnsGreeneHaus
Answered on November 3, 2013

Hopefully, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/how-to-care-for-a-rubber-tree-plant.htm

Since these trees grow in full sun in their natural habitat, I've found it difficult to give them too much sun. It seems the problem is acclimating it to lower light when moved inside for cold weather. Also, as the plant ages and the stems grow, the older leaves shed. This is common on dracaena, ficus, scheffelera, arboricola and agleonema. Small leaves are usually an indication of insufficient nutrition and/or light.

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