How do You Revive a Dying Rubber Plant: 4 Simple Methods


Rubber plant, a favorite medium-sized house plant that is decorated with thick and large, glossy green leaves. Everything is okay if you can grow the plant with intense care.

There are some factors the happiness of your rubber plant counts on (e.g soil moisture, light, water, and so on). Your plant may be failed to balance all of them. So, you have to find the answers to how do you revive a dying rubber plant.

It’s natural if this question bugs you. But hey, it shouldn’t be much panic-stricken. Because we are here to show you some hands-on solutions.

Let’s know in detail.

Up close photo of a rubber plant with a yellow leaf
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What Will Tell You that Your Rubber Plant is Dying?

Yes, there is a hefty load of reasons for your dying plant. Before you go to revive the plant, you must need to know which problem your plant is facing. So, here are some probable abnormalities your plant may be encountering:

  • Leaves are going to fall off
  • Droopy Leaves
  • Leaves are turning brown and dropping
  • Common diseases

Picked one reason your rubber plant may be struggling for? Okay, let’s know the details.

How Do You Revive the Dying Rubber Plant?

So, here are the answers to HOW(?). We broke the above-mentioned points into chunks and added the solutions. Let’s check them out:

Problem 1: Leaves are Going to Fall off

If you see that the leaves are lower (as they are on this plant), it happens because the plant is using all of its energy for growing new larger leaves. So, these leaves aren’t getting much light for staying hidden under the larger ones.

Another reason can be, as they were the first leaves sprouted, they will be the first to die off as the plant grows. In case, the rest of the plant looks healthy and new growth is happening, no need to fret about a few leaves dying.

However, if the leaves are higher on the plant and the lower leaves are yellowing then your plant is drowning.

Solution: To solve the second problem, cut back on the watering and give the plant a chance to breathe. No, the yellow leaves will not turn green but you can keep it happy moving forward!

Problem 2: Droopy Leaves

Droopy leaves indicate that they are not getting enough sunlight. If this is your indoor plant, it generally happens that the plant gets deprived of sunlight. Moreover, it hugs the chances of being overwatered.

When your plant can’t get enough light, it goes into a hibernation mood. As a result, the plant absorbs water less quickly.

Solution: Move your plant to a different place where it will smile to get enough sunshine.

Problem 3: Leaves are Turning Brown and Dropping

This also is a watering issue. If your plant is facing this, you are getting too long between waterings. In general, if leaves turn brown and crispy, it means the rubber plant isn’t getting enough water.

The thing happening here is the leaves started to dry out and they dropped (when the plant decided that it needs to put all of its energy to save the living leaves). In fact, not getting enough light is another reason for this mishappening.

Solution: Make sure that your plant is getting regular watering so that the soil can be constantly moist.

Problem 4: Common Diseases

Well, there are several diseases your rubber plant may face. Here is a brief:

Anthracnose and Leaf Blight: In this case, affected leaves are unhealthy plus yellowish green. In poorly grown seedlings, more or less circular brown spots up to 5 mm diameter with distinct brown margins.

Solution: Proper drainage of the area planted is a must. For that, an indoor planter with drainage might be the best solution. Ensure the correct nutrition of seedlings/trees. Use a fungicide spray to the expanding leaves at the rate of 2 g a.i/liter of water at least 4 rounds at weekly intervals.

Tip Blight: Symptom for this disease is brown lesions on young leaves. This is also a fungal issue.

Solution: Use a fungicide to treat this.

Brown Root Rot: Leaves turn yellow and fall and hard dark brown fructification is seen for this disease.

Solution: Eradicate the infected root and use fungistatic chemicals as a treatment.

Leaf Spot: For this, numerous small circular spots scattered on the leaf surface. Infected young leaves look black and wrinkles whereas the older ones necrotic tissues produce short-holes.

Solution: Weekly spraying of Dithane M-45 (6tbsp./16 li of water) on fully expanded leaves will help to treat.

Powdery Mildew: In this case, the fungus appears as white dusty colonies on the leaf surface as well as translucent yellow blotches.

Solution: Fungicide treatment at the plant’s young stage is important. Routine dusting of sulfur at a 5-7 days interval during disease season should help.

So, these are some probable diseases your plant may be suffering from.

How do You Revive a Dying Rubber Plant – FAQs

Question: Is there any special information about watering a rubber plant?

Answer: Yes, there is. When you see the plant is not actively growing (dormant), reduce watering to 1 or 2 times per month.

Question: Do I need to prune my rubber plant?

Answer: They typically don’t need pruning. You can remove any diseased plant/dead stems at any time of the year. Better if you prune the plant during late spring or early summer.

Question: Is curling rubber plant leaves okay? Or indicating an issue?

Answer: It can happen for too little water. You should check the soil moisture. If the soil feels dry, water then.


So, that’s all we kept for you. At the end of this article, you may have a clear idea about all the difficulties your plant is going through, huh? So, you may be no more confused about how do you revive a dying rubber plant.

To grow a healthy rubber plant, you have to provide the best care possible. I mean, proper watering, well-draining soil, proper light, and the right treatment of the diseases. So, be careful from the very beginning to keep the plant happy.

Now, go for the troubleshooting. Good luck!

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Celina Nance

It’s been a life-long wish of Celina Nance to have a lawn full of colorful flower beds. But living in Arizona city, that seems kind of impossible. But Celina Nance didn’t stop and created a full-form balcony garden instead. And he often shares stuff that he does/solves/innovates throughout the journey.

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