Rubber Plant Droopy – House Plant Journal

Rubber Plant Droopy

Plant: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

How long have you had it? Less than 1 month.


The leaves of my plants are drooping. Some leaves are fallen. I don’t know why this is happening: over or underwatering…

Light Situation:

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How do you determine WHEN to water? I wait until the soil is slightly dry to water.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of water.

Fertilizer: I’ve never used fertilizer.



Darryl’s Analysis

This rubber plant doesn’t look droopier than what I would consider normal range of leaf angles.  You’ve had the plant less than a month – it WILL grow and look different than when you first bought it.  You will lose older leaves too.

Be sure to put the plant where it will have a wide view of the sky – right in front of your largest window is good.  If the sun will shine on it for longer than 2 or 3 hours, then block it with a white sheer curtain.

I’ve never seen this kind of soil before.  It doesn’t appear to have a suitable structure for good tropical plant growth.  Good houseplant soil is usually made of peat moss, coconut coir, rice hulls, bark chips, and perlite (usually a combination of these things or whatever is available in your region).

Your watering strategy for this plant should be to water thoroughly and evenly (not just a small amount) whenever the soil reaches halfway to completely dry (not when just slightly dry).

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