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Straggly Rubber Plant

Posted by Ros1234 none (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 11:17

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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RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

To begin, much more light.

RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

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.

RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

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?

RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

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 ...


RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

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.

RE: Straggly Rubber Plant

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

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