One of the most common problems with rubber plants is when their leaves start to droop. The plant may also look like it’s leaning over and losing its upright shape, too. It can be very frustrating for people who want healthy-looking rubber trees in their homes!
Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take at home to help your plant recover from leaf drooping. This article will provide information on why rubber tree leaves droop as well as suggestions for treating the problem so that you can prevent it from reoccurring.
Why Are My Rubber Plant Leaves Drooping?
If you have a rubber plant and notice that the leaves are drooping, don’t worry, it’s not dying! The most common cause of rubber plant leaves drooping is too much water. Rubber plants need to be watered sparingly or they will droop.
Wilting is actually a symptom of overwatering, which is why it’s so common for rubber plants to droop their leaves when they are given too much water. They may also droop if the soil isn’t draining properly or the plant has root rot.
How To Prevent Rubber Plant Leaves Drooping?
Dropping leaves can be an early sign of rot and other problems with your rubber tree so if you notice them dropping off, take action quickly! You can stop the leaves from drooping by following these steps:
1) Water your rubber plant once a month.
2) Use room temperature tap water rather than cold or hot to prevent the leaves from drooping after watering.
3) Make sure that you’re not overwatering it by allowing the soil to dry between each time you water it and also checking for standing water in saucers underneath the pot. If there is any, empty out all of the excesses so that this doesn’t happen again.
4) Make sure that your pot has drainage holes under the soil for excess moisture to drain out. If you’re in an area with high humidity, try misting your plant instead of watering it so that it doesn’t get too wet and stay damp all day long.
How Often To Water?
The good news is that rubber plants are very easy to care for once you get the hang of their watering schedule. Here’s how to water them:
You generally water a rubber plant every 14 days in the winter and every 7 days during spring/fall. You can adjust this schedule depending on how much light and humidity it receives.
The best way to tell if the soil needs watering is by poking your finger into the top inch of the soil. If moist or damp, do not add any more water as this will cause your plant’s roots to rot from being constantly wet for long periods of time.
When in doubt, let the pot dry out before adding more moisture so that you’re only giving it what it really needs instead of overdoing things on accident! It can be a good idea to use a moisture meter, which offers the most accuracy when it comes to knowing when your plant needs a drink.
Once you have the proper watering schedule, this should help prevent drooping leaves from being too dry or wet at all times!
To prevent ANY future problems with your rubber plant, it’s important to follow the most important care rules. Here’s a few of them:
Light: Rubber plants need bright, indirect sunlight. If you’re not sure where to place it in your home, look for an area that’s around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and has filtered light or little direct sun exposure.
Fertilizer: Give fertilizer during the growing season to promote new growth. You can do this by applying it once every few months in spring/summer and only once a year during fall.
Watering: Avoid overwatering or underwatering your rubber plant because these are both very common reasons that cause drooping leaves.
Humidity: Rubber plants prefer high humidity so if you notice that your leaves are drying out too quickly, place them near an area where there’s lots of it.
If there isn’t enough moisture in the air around your home, try misting it daily with room temperature water instead of watering it directly so that its leaves stay wet all day long rather than dries up after just one hour or two!
Pruning: You can prune your rubber plant if it’s getting too tall or leggy around the base. This helps promote new growth and will keep the leaves looking healthy for much longer!
In conclusion, there are a few ways to help your rubber tree avoid drooping. The easiest is to make sure that it isn’t over-watered, which can happen if you use too much water or don’t have drainage holes in the bottom of the pot for excess moisture.
Also, remember that this problem may occur in areas with high humidity, too. If you notice that your plant’s leaves are drooping frequently during the spring and summer months when there is higher humidity outside, try putting your plant in a cooler area and adapting your watering schedule.
If none of these work or if your rubber tree seems unhealthy after all of this then I recommend consulting a specialist such as an arborist for more feedback on what might be going wrong. They can help diagnose problems with over-watering and other issues so that you know exactly how to take care of your plants moving forward!
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.