How to take care of your Rubber fig

Written by Maggie

Oct 29 2021

How to take care of your Rubber fig

In recent days, people put some plants to decorate their homes and improve the environment. Rubber fig, with high ornamental value and easy to grow, becomes one of the most popular plants for growing at home. How to take care of your Rubber fig? Let’s take a look!

Rubber fig
Rubber Fig - Most Common House Plant

How to care for Rubber fig leaves falling

Rubber fig leaves falling may be caused by the hardening of the soil, so it is necessary to replace the soil every three years. If the temperature is too low, the temperature should be controlled above 10℃. If the water is not properly drained in time, keep the soil slightly wet. If lack of nutrients, timely application of fertilizer, spraying agents, to prevent pests on Rubber fig.

1. Soil for Rubber fig

There is a big reason for rubber fig deciduous is that the soil is not changed for a long time, which is caused by soil hardening. At ordinary times, we need to change the soil every three years. We can choose leaf rot soil to change the soil. We can add some river sand appropriately to improve the breathability and drainage of the soil, and we can also add organic fertilizer appropriately.

2. Temperature for Rubber fig

Rubber fig is not particularly cold resistant, generally suitable for growth at around 25℃. If the temperature is lower than 10℃, Rubber fig will grow slowly. When the temperature is below 5℃, the frostbitten plants will lose their leaves. When the temperature is too low in winter, it is better to control the ambient temperature of Rubber FIG growth above 10℃.

3. Watering for Rubber fig

Improper watering at ordinary times will also cause the Rubber fig leaves to fall. If overwatered, it will cause Rubber fig water and rot roots, so that the roots cannot absorb water and nutrients. Too little watering will also dehydrate the leaves, and finally make Rubber fig leaves fall off. It is best to keep it slightly wet.

4. Nutrients for Rubber fig

Generally, the reason why Rubber fig leaves fall is the lack of nutrients. It is best to apply phosphate potash to Rubber fig every 10 days in peacetime, and it is not advisable to apply too much fertilizer each time, otherwise the leaves will fall on Rubber fig, and even the death of Rubber fig may be caused.

5. Diseases and insect pests control of Rubber fig

In the process of growing, Rubber fig is also prone to diseases and insect pests. It is necessary to immediately move to a place with good ventilation and sufficient light for careful maintenance, and cut away all the branches and leaves of Rubber fig. Spray chlorothalonil, carbendazim and other agents, to gradually restore health on Rubber fig.

Rubber fig
Rubber fig is one of the best trees for pots

How to care for Rubber fig growing excessively

After Rubber fig grows, its growth height can be controlled by putting on the top and taking off the core, or it can be shortened by pruning the branches, so as to keep the normal growth of Rubber fig trees in good shape. Usually in the maintenance, apply the right amount of watering fertilizer, to avoid excessive water and fertilizer branches overgrowth. It also needs to be provided with enough sunlight so that it can grow healthily.

1. Get the top and the heart

How to Restore the appearance of Rubber fig? The height of the branches can be controlled by jacking and coring. The top edge is lost by cutting off the overshoot and removing the top bud, allowing the lateral bud to germinate and keep the plant in good shape.

2. Short trim

Short-cut is also a common way to solve Rubber fig growing excessively. Truncate the overlong main branch, retaining only one half of the original branch. The wound is then sterilized and cured, and a good maintenance is done to make the branches germinate and maintain a normal growth rate.

3. Fertilize appropriately

Too much fertilizer will lead to excess nutrition of Rubber fig, which will cause the phenomenon that the branches grow too long. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to appropriate fertilizer during curing. Generally in its growth period of 20 days or so to apply a nitrogen fertilizer, at the same time fertilizer can not be too thick, to avoid the occurrence of thick fertilizer burning root phenomenon.

4. Reduce watering

Rubber fig absorbs too much water in the process of growth, which will also cause the phenomenon of excessive growing. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce watering.3 ~ 4 days water, keep the soil moist. In winter, water every 7 ~ 10 days, to prevent freezing damage.

5. Get plenty of light

Insufficient light will also cause the phenomenon of Rubber fig growing excessively. They need plenty of sunlight to grow. Rubber fig can be placed in the sun to receive direct sunlight in the morning and evening, so that it can grow healthily. Pay attention to avoid direct light at noon, so as to avoid sunburn.

Rubber fig
Rubber Fig - one of the best indoor trees

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