Straggly Rubber Plant

Ros1234July 13, 2014

Can anyone advise me please on how to make my Rubber Plant bushier. It is very lively and producing lots of new leaves. However as you can see it is becoming top heavy.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

To begin, much more light.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 12:40PM
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I Kindof have the same problem, for the longest time it only had one vertical branch, after several cuttings it finally grew another one but it leans away from the window, it's kinda weird.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 2:25PM
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Following on from my previous message, my Rubber Plant is in a conservatory so I don't think it needs more light? Is there anything that can be done to encourage more shoots on the lower, bare, stems?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:27PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i would research propagation.. using the latin name.. and see if i couldnt root smaller pieces ..

and rejuvenate the plant by basically starting over ..

you should plenty of ideas about such in the houseplant forum ...

in theory.. it will be the same plant.. so if there is any emotional history.. it remains ...

what you are asking.. is if you can change the genetic tendencies of the plant.. by somehow changing its culture... i dont believe you can ...

i have never seen a conservatory with engineered wood floors.. interior wood trim .. and drywall .. must be some setup ...


    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:32PM
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Ros1234, I do not believe that light is a limiting factor because the leaf spacing (internode length) looks like a Ficus grown outdoors.
Here are some suggestions.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:50PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Can you put it outside in half a day of sun for the summer?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:56PM
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