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Q.Will Soaking A Rubber Tree Plant In Hot Water Kill It?

Zone Des Moines, Iowa 50312 | Anonymous added on March 8, 2021 | Answered

We accidentally left hot water running into the pot of a 4 foot tall rubber tree. When we realized what happened, we drained off as much water as possible, packed the soggy soil around the roots with ice cubes, and then repotted it in dry cool soil. Will it survive, or have we killed it? What can we do to save it? Thank you.

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Answered on March 8, 2021

If the hot water wasn't over 120 degrees F, and it mostly just touched the soil, it probably didn't hurt it, but the ice cubes may have sent it into shock. 

Boiling water will definitely kill a plant, but surely your tap water isn't boiling. All you can do now is wait and hope the water wasn't too hot and the ice wasn't too cold.

Continue to offer optimum care. If a leaf was scorched, go ahead and remove it.


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