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rubber tree (ficus elastica)

Posted by MiamiFL55 NJ (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 4, 05 at 13:15

I was given cuttings from a friend's very healthy rubber tree. Now I don't know the best (& easiest) way to root the cuttings. I have had them in water for several days. Will they take root this way? Thanks for any help you can give me!


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

I doubt it...... I use a 0.3% IBA (Rooting hormone) stick in well drained soil & mist takes 20-60 days to root..... With this plant I have had best luck with air-layering...


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

Thanks so much for answering. What is air layering??


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

  • Posted by Pam_AA z5 Berwyn Il. (My Page) on
    Wed, Dec 7, 05 at 23:59

I have rooted f. elastica cuttings 4-9" long in plain old potting soil, nothing else. Most of them took. F. elastica is one tough customer as long as it's not kept soggy.


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

Do you find it better to let the cut end dry up, or stick it in the ground while still oozing the latex-like sap?


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

Hello. Its winter time here in Maryland, hardiness zone 7. Can i still take cuttings from a large ficus.e?


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

I recommend that you sover the cut end with rooting harmone (but this may not be necessary) and place the cut end of the cutting in moist potting soil and cover the entire pot/plane with clear plastic with holes cut in the bag just lower that the pot to allow air circulation. Keep it moist and place it out of direct sunlight, but in a warm spot. It should root in 3-5 weeks.


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RE: rubber tree (ficus elastica)

The best method is air layering for this plant. So instead of taking a cutting google the air layering of rubber plants procedures and do that.


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