Welcome to this article that will be discussing why a rubber plant might be starting to bend a lot. This is a pretty common issue among people who are new to growing and caring for the plant. There are a few issues that will start to happen.
The most common is an imbalance in watering. If the plant is kept in a spot where it’s not getting enough water or getting too much water. That causes the plant not to grow very steadily. It makes for weak roots and in general a weak structure. Which then causes the plant to start bending over.
Follow along in the article below and we will continue learning about the wonderful plant that is that rubber plant. It’s one of the less common houseplants out there, at least compared to cactus or monstera plants. Nonetheless, it’s a great option for the beginner for its low maintenance level.
Rubber Plant Bending Over
If you read the first segment in the article here, you would know that the rubber plant is often starting to bend because of an imbalance of watering. If the plant constantly gets too much or too little it causes stress to the plant.
This will make the structure of the plant weaker and weaker. After a while, you will begin to see the entire plant starting to bend over. With all that said you might wonder what the plant wants to grow in then.
We have found that the best possible soil for the rubber plant is a well draining one. That means the excess water can drain away and you won’t risk drowning any of the roots. The ideal texture of the soil will be one that’s slightly damp.
A damp soil provides all the nutrients the roots might possibly need while also making sure enough oxygen can get through and help the roots. No oxygen and the roots will instead start drowning rather quickly.
We should also talk a little bit about the sunlight the plant is getting. Something we see across the board of growing plants is that those which aren’t getting enough sunlight will also start bending. The plant wants a certain amount each day and will start growing towards the light if it doesn’t get enough.
If you are seeing white dots on your rubber plant then you might want to read this article here, Rubber Plant White Dots.
How Do You Fix A Leaning Rubber Plant
Fixing a leaning rubber plant is done by making sure you have the basic needs of the plant covered. As we already said here, that means the plant needs about 8 – 10 hours of sunlight each day in order to protect it from bending or even wilting.
Another thing we need to look at is the amount of water in the soil. We shouldn’t have too little as that will cause the roots to start stressing quite quickly. The ideal texture of the soil is as we said previously slightly damp.
Using some fertilizers as well will do good. That will provide a boost of nutrition for the plant. It might help with the strength of the rubber plant a little bit.
If you are seeing white spots on your rubber plant then you might want to read this article here, Tiny White Spots On Rubber Plant.
Why Is My Rubber Tree Bending
Improper watering of a plant or a tree will cause it to not grow straight anymore. It makes for an imbalance. This imbalance is what makes the plant start growing weirdly. It stresses the plant and causes the structure of the plant to be weaker.
A weaker structure makes it harder to keep up its weight of itself. After a while, you will begin to notice the plant leaning more and more basically.