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Brown edges on ficus elastica


i have have had this beautiful ficus elastica for about 2 years and for the entire time I have had it the older leaves start to brown around the edges then fall off. It is from Home Depot and was showing these same signs at purchase. I have tried watering with filtered water because I live in NYC and the water is chlorinated. 

It it has been in a 10 inch pot for 2 years as well. 

Local nursuries have said they have encountered similar problems with this plant and have stopped selling them for this reason. Is this true? 

Attached are some photos. 

Can anyone help? 



  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,997
    Originating from SE Asia , usually in areas of very high rainfall and humidity , I would guess your plant is too dry ( both at the roots and atmospherically) .
  • Thanks! Should I try misting it? Or does it need a humidifier? 
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,997
    edited March 2019
    Regular misting with soft-water (ideally rainwater) several times a day would be beneficial ;tropical conditions are difficult to emulate in cooler environments .

    PS Mind the electrical sockets !!! :o
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