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Leggy rubber tree... Should I prune? Please help!

Posted by candyspan NY - Zone 6b (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 24, 14 at 10:37

I just found this site, and am overwhelmed by the breadth and quality of information!

I have a rubber tree that I've had for about 5 years, not sure if that still means that it's young or not, but it's been growing steadily over the past several years but now it looks to be a bit on the "leggy" side and I desperately need some ideas. I want it to grow tall, and have a large trunk. Two years ago I took some cuttings from a piece that was dying and created two smaller ones (which are also leggy). I have attached a picture. All of the individual stems are growing well, producing new leaves, etc, but I'm concerned that the stem won't get any larger or stronger because there are no bottom leaves. I also want it to branch, but in the state that it's is notching the wrong play?

I'm also a bit of a newbie and don't want to kill it, so I need some help with what exactly terms like "cutting back to two leaves" means. Does that mean I cut off the whole top part of the stem with the healthy leaves, and leave just a smaller stem coming up from the soil? Is that the same as "tip" pruning?

That is all, and any and all help is greatly appreciated!

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Thanks,
Dev


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RE: Leggy rubber tree... Should I prune? Please help!

I'm confused by the wording of some of your sentences/questions. I'm not sure if there's a propagation link to your inquiry or not, but you might want to try the House Plants Forum, linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: House Plants Forum


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