Ficus Elastica (FY-kus ee-LASS-tih-kuh) is known as the Rubber Plant or Rubber Tree Plant. This popular ornamental houseplant is well known for its broad, attractive shiny leaves. 

In addition, rubber plants do well in a stable location that provides low to moderate light and protection from drafts and cold temperatures. If all of these conditions are met but experience problems with falling Rubber Plant leaves, you may be guilty of overwatering, which can cause excessive leaf drop. 

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When these conditions are met, the leaves just need a bit of maintenance with a damp sponge or soft cloth to remove dust from the leaves.

NOTE: A pest infestation can also cause leaves to fall. Understand that it is quite normal for a few bottom leaves to age, yellow, and fall. 

In this article, we will explore why a Rubber Plant’s leaves might fall off and provide tips to help you

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I’m back from a whirlwind trip to the east coast! I visited my daughter at college in New England which was so lovely. Vermont and New Hampshire and Massachusetts were putting on a show, the trees were all colors of yellow, orange, and red, it was quite beautiful. I was reminded how charming the homes in the area are, so many colonials, so much history, it was good to be back in that part of the country.

Next I took the train from Boston to NYC and spent the night in Manhattan and walked around Central Park, that was fun. Finally I flew to Florida to spend a few days checking on our home to make sure there was no damage from the hurricane. There wasn’t, but I discovered a leak in the garage which prompted a need to replace the tankless water heater. Other than that, the house looked

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Today we’re paying another visit to Alice from Sweaburg in southwestern Ontario.

After quite a time of not being able to do much in the garden, things are looking up for me. These are some photos I took on October 1. In some ways, beginning of fall is my favorite time. The colors seem even nicer to me than they do in the summer. It has been very dry this year, and the voles and Asian beetles have wreaked havoc with some of the plants. The voles ate some hostas and sedums, and they died. The roses were eaten by the beetles. My autumn clematis got bitten off right at the stem; it grew back but has barely a flower. At least it is still alive. And the rabbits chewed off nearly every leaf on one hosta, but it is still alive too.

garden bed on edge of driveway with pink flowersThis lavender-pink sedum (Hylotelephium spectabile, Zones 3–9)

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If you’re looking for a plant that’s both unique and easy to care for, the peperomia verticillata is a great choice! Peperomias are tropical plants native to South America and grow in humid, shaded forests.

The baby rubber plant gets its name from its thick, rubbery leaves. The leaves are arranged in a whorl (or spiral) pattern growing up from the roots, giving the plant a distinctive look.

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Red twist peperomia is a relatively small plant that only grows about 12″ inches tall and wide. Yet, its compact size makes it perfect for growing in small spaces, such as apartments or offices.

You can’t ask for much more in a plant than easy care and good looks; this plant has both in spades.

If you’re thinking of adding one (or more!) of these beauties to your home, read on for everything you need to know about care and maintenance.

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From rooms saturated in color to hand-drawn designs and consumable decor, here are 22 trends we’re tracking this fall.

1. Maximalism Makes a Comeback

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Above: More is more? We’ve heard talk recently of “minimalism fatigue”, and we’ve found ourselves swayed by color and pattern. Call it an after-effect of being cooped up indoors the past few years, or just the design pendulum swinging to the opposite extreme, but maximalism—or shades of it—is making a comeback. Photograph by Simon Brown from A Masterful Mix-and-Match Apartment in London by Beata Heuman.

2. Color All Over

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Above: Color is back in a big way. Of particular note: all-over color, in which rooms are saturated—walls to ceiling—in a single hue. Photograph by Sophie Wilson (@1690works) from A Ceramicist/Shopkeeper’s Gently Cared-For 1500s House in England.

3. Cool Composting

Above: “Composting is an essential kitchen task,” writes Alexa—and companies have caught up with a slew of
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