I have just been given a rubber tree plant, which is close to 27 years old. It was left outside in the EXTREME cold for a week and now that I have it in my possession, it is indoors in a warm office by a window. ALL the leaves have turned a dark brown and fallen off. I have removed all of them so now the tree is just tall stems. Is it still alive? What should I be doing to it/for it? It has huge sentimental value to me.
Rubber Tree Plant
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I am sorry to hear about your plant. If the stems are still alive, it will regrow its leaves. I would check the stems and if they are still alive, care for the plant as you normally would and you should see leaves start to grow in a few weeks. These articles will help you as well: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/prune-rubber-tree.htm