Why Are Leaves Falling Off Rubber Plant?

There’s nothing more frustrating in terms of taking care of your plants than when your commitment and effort isn’t reflected in the overall health that your plants are in. The fall of leaves is a problem for any house plant however, they are especially so with one that is as distinctive as the rubber plant.

The rubber plant commonly known as Ficus elastica, sometimes referred to as Ficus elastica, is a type of tree plant that has large, shiny oval leaves that can grow indoors between one and eight feet tall.

Like any plant like any other plant, light, water and temperature are just a few of the elements that influence its growth, so here are a few of the most frequently asked reasons and concerns that plant growers face when the leaves fall off of a plant that is made of rubber…

Am I overwatering it?

One of the most important indicators of a plant that is taking too much water is the color of its leaves, especially older ones.

If you notice that some of the original or oldest leaves are becoming drab in color, this could mean that you are using too much water, especially when brown spots or yellowish spots appear to be appearing from the beginning on the leaf.

A well-hydrated and healthy rubber plant will have robust and sturdy leaves, with nice waxy shimmer.

While the plant doesn’t need the same amount of watering as other plants due to its superior tolerance to dry and humid conditions, it’s best to water it only in moderate amounts according to the condition of the soil as well as the season.

How do you maintain your the health of soil and leaves?

One of the most important aspects in looking at the condition and moisture in your soil would be to check the topsoil using your fingers and comparing it to the quality of the rubber plant.

It is best to water only at the point that the top inch of soil is dry, making sure the water flows through the drainage holes, as mentioned. The dimensions of the pot your plant is placed in could affect the health of your plant; be sure you don’t make use of a large pot since it could result in the soil becoming saturated for too long.

In terms of fertilization the plant is extremely robust and requires only a little care therefore, fertilize only once intervals to avoid feeding too much.

Pests are also an issue to consider when you’re experiencing leaves falling off or damage. Examining your plant, particularly the lower part of the leaves, can help find common pests.

Wiping leaves gently using a damp cloth and spraying the leaves with a tiny amount of water will help keep the leaves in good condition. If you find that the plant has tiny grey, brown, or even white-shelled bugs, these could be a sign of scale insects that need to be eliminated to promote healthy growth.

Treatments for bugs comprise 70% of isopropyl alcohol insecticidal soap, horticultural oil or pyrethrin, all of which are effective when applied regularly for up to seven days until the bugs have gone.

What happens if I repotte the rubber plant?

The loss of leaves can happen during transplanting or repotting, so make sure that the plant gets adequate sunlight and that it is properly watered so that it can let the plant recover.

If you decide to repot, make sure that the roots on top are only a little exposed and are not covered with additional soil that could suffocate the plant and confuse you about your soil’s drying.

Try to avoid disturbing the rubber plant as much as you can, and if you decide to repot, ensure that the pot is of the identical or similar in size, and be cautious of damaging the roots hairs.

The best method is to make sure that the root ball and roots remain in a state of peace, and use soil mix to increase the height and fill in the sides of the pot.

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What is the most efficient way to keep my rubber plant hydrated?

To achieve the ideal level of hydration for your plant, the quantity you give it as well as the technique you employ are both crucial to getting a healthy appearance.

It is important to water the plant more frequently during the growing season to ensure it stays dry is vital and recommended at least once per week.

In the dormant , reduce the amount of watering to every two or three months and only increase the amount of water as the leaves begin to shrink or soften.

Being a species that is tolerant the rubber plant can cope well in dry soil, therefore, it is best to water it under because you can replenish it when you need to.

The watering method of placing the plant in an ice tray for a couple of hours will help the plant get what it requires without letting it remain in water for long periods of time that can lead to the plant being over-watered.

Make sure you don’t drown the plant, and ensure make sure that the water you use drains from the pot, even if it involves holding it and wiggle it a bit. If you leave it outside of the pot, it allows it to air dry out and reduces the chance of it being soaked by excessive amounts of water.

What is the best lighting and air quality?

Temperature and light, like every plant is an important factor when it comes to the condition of your rubber plant.

The leaves can fall off when the air is dry, but the plant generally thrives with normal indoor humidity , provided that it has adequate humidity around it, such as pebble-filled water trays as well as water in the container.

In terms of lighting, the plant is able to do very well in direct, bright light. The leaves can fall off and overall quality can decrease if the plant is placed in a dim light location.

Keep the plant within just a few feet of the sun’s rays is recommended and curtains or netting recommended when the plant is located near an exposure to the south or west.

Remember that rubber plants don’t enjoy direct sunlight, however they can withstand some hours of late or early daylight rays.


A well-balanced and controlled watering program together with regular maintenance and a comfortable environment will help ensure that your rubber plant is protected against losing its leaves. The loss of a few leaves could be normal as long as the soil is properly watered with enough light and absence of insects.

Always make sure to provide the plant water at room temperature to prevent shock to the roots. Distilled water, especially in the event that your water supply is rich in minerals.

Make sure the plant is free of dust so that it can breathe and thrive.

Pruning can also encourage the growth of new leaves, but it should be done slowly. Well-formed and healthy leaves are a sign that your plant is recovering and has the proper requirements.



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