The rubber plant is a popular houseplant, but even the most experienced gardeners can sometimes overwater their plants. When this happens, the leaves will droop and turn yellow or brown. Fortunately, there are many ways to save an overwatered rubber plant…
How To Save Overwatered Rubber Plant?
1) Remove the plant from its pot and check to see if the roots are sitting in water. If so, gently transfer them into a bucket of dry soil mix until they stop soaking up water;
2) Re-pot the rubber plant into a new pot and make sure to add drainage holes. Be aware that when you have overwatered your plant it will likely continue absorbing water even from the soil mix;
3) Place wet paper towels or newspaper on top of the soil around your rubber plant for about one day to help dry it out so you do not overwater again. When wiping down leaves use room temperature water with no soap as this can damage leaves;
4) Be consistent in watering procedures by checking how much sun exposure and humidity levels receive because these factors also contribute to how quickly plants lose moisture. Also, keep away from heaters if possible since heat causes faster evaporation rates which makes it harder for your plant to absorb water.
What Does An Overwatered Rubber Plant Look Like?
An over-watered plant will have leaves that droop and turn brown because the roots are sitting in water. In fact, if left untreated the plant will eventually die.
The real issue starts when the rubber plant develops root rot, which happens when the roots are sitting in water for too long. You can tell if your plant has root rot if the roots are smelly and black in color.
What Are The Dangers of Overwatering?
If you are not careful with how much water your rubber plant absorbs on a regular basis, this can cause root rot. Root rot is very dangerous for rubber plants because it kills off the roots and stunts growth.
Also, an overwatered plant is the perfect breeding ground for bugs, like aphids and spider mites. These bugs will suck the life out of your plant until it becomes weak and dies if you do not get rid of them immediately.
How Much Water Do Rubber Plants Need?
Rubber plants need soil that is moist, but never soggy for too long. If the climate is humid and warm, then you should water them every few days. If it is cool and dry, then your rubber plant will be fine for a week without needing any watering at all!
The most important thing when it comes to watering is the pot. It MUST have drainage holes, otherwise, the plant will be sitting in a pool of water, which can lead to lead to root rot.
You test if the plant is ready for water by using a moisture meter. Stick it in the soil, and if it says dry-to-moist, then that’s your cue to water. Alternatively, you can stick your finger into the top inch of soil to see how moist it is.
In conclusion, there are many ways to save an overwatered rubber plant. If you catch it early on, you can quickly re-pot your rubber plant and make sure to add drainage holes in the new pot. Don’t add any more water to the pot until you see leaves stop sagging.
Moving forward, it can be a good idea to have a watering schedule for your rubber plant, especially if you are one of those people that tend to overwater their plants. If you have any more questions about how to save an over-watered rubber plant, feel free to ask in the comments section!
Tim is an avid gardener from the UK. He was the founder of PlantCarer.com from 2021 to Sep 2023. He sold PlantCarer.com to Aaron. He has since started his own business called Seed To Supper, which provides new gardeners all the materials you need in a box (pots, seeds, compost and instructions) to grow your own delicious and nutritious vegetables and herbs from start to finish – no garden required.