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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:41 am    Post subject: Ficus elastica (rubber tree) drooping and developing lesions Reply with quote

About two weeks after we brought it home, our rubber tree started drooping. The peaty-feeling soil it came in feels damp and I've read they don't like to be overwatered anyway.

Now it has started developing nasty lesions on the leaves. It also seems to be losing pigment in the leaves. We have it standing in a cooler room near but not directly in front of a window facing northwest. The photograph shows both the pigment loss and the two lesions most clearly.

What can we do?! Thanks very much for any suggestions!



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Ficus elastica (rubber tree) drooping and developing lesions Reply with quote

Cold damage? This ficus really dislikes cool conditions. The lower leaf that's yellower seems to be this way because it's dying. Lower leaves in an unhealthy plant are generally the first to drop. I think it's the typical response to a plant pulling the chlorophyll back into itself before the leaf drops.

It might be worth repotting it in better quality soil & checking for any root pests or larvae when you do so. If your plant is only near a north-west window, I can tell you positively, it's not getting enough light. It will grow to a huge tree in its native surroundings with lots of warmth & sunlight. It's native to India & south-east Asia so you get an idea how much they like sun & warmth.

Personally, I don't like this ficus as a houseplant since it normally would grow 50-90 feet or more in height, very wide with aerial buttress roots & with huge leaves. As a houseplant, it still strives to grow tall. All Ficus elastica houseplants tend to grow tall & rangy since they're still trying to reach their potential. They can also use fairly frequent half strength fertilizing during the growing season (if they're in a bright enough spot to put out new growth).

I wonder if the lesions on the leaves might be caused by bruising or crushing of the leaf membranes? Ficus bleeds a white milky sap when the leaves are injured. Perhaps they were bruised while moving them & that's why? Not sure otherwise.

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Ficus elastica (rubber tree) drooping and developing les Reply with quote

Hello,
I would like to dicuss few points regarding ficus:
The Ficus is also known as the Rainforest Fig, which makes a great choice for Bonsai. Although figs are primarily tropical plants growing in the jungles of Asia, hundreds of species exist that can be grown outside of this type of environment.
The leaves of the Ficus are unusual in that very small flowers are encased in the fruit that develops, which then is born in the axils of the leaf. While the development of fruit is not common, the Ficus still makes a good option for Bonsai.
The size of the leaves on this Bonsai will vary in size from one-half to three-quarter of an inch, varying from one species to another. The nice thing about the Ficus is that it is very forgiving. In other words, if you forget to water it for days, it will do fine. If you aerial layer, you can propagate from the cuttings or seeds.

If you to want to get more information about the respective or any other topic you can visit bonsaioutlet.com site. I have referred the sites to too many friends and they are highly satisfied with the service level of that company.
Thanks..!
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