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I think my RTP is dying.  The bottoms leaves are lose its color and fall off.  Help  Thanks

Water your rubber plant ( Ficus ) in the following manner. I water most of my plants this way.

Check how much the plant weighs when thoroughly watered VS its' weight when it is ready to be watered again. Sometimes it helps to put a saucer under the pot and let the plant sit in water for 10-15 minutes. After that pour off the excess water. Pick the pot up ( or lean it if it a large pot ) and feel how heavy it is after watering it thoroughly. Don't water it again until it feels considerably lighter and the top of the soil is light in color. Mother Nature doesn't water once a week...Depending on plant types, sunlight exposure and pot size plants will need water at many different rates from once a day to once a month or more. You should turn the plant a 1/4 turn once per week to keep the growth even.
They do not like direct sunlite unless it is morning sun...Moving a plant from a bright area to a less light situation usually will cause leaf yellowing and leaf drop...They are grown in the shade in FL...

Remove yellow leaves when they become unsightly...
Hope this helps. Do let me know either way if you like the advice or not.
Rick in Southern NJ

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I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..


I currently manage a private 16 acre estate. i am in charge of the general maintenance of buildings and i supervise the landscape maintenance staff. i teach landscape/horticulture evening classes for a community college in NJ. I taught landscape/horticultural classes for a NJ vocational high school for 5 years. prior to that I owned & operated a landscape/garden center facility for 20 + years. My experience is in commercial & residential sales & care of houseplants as well as landscaping.


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