Re: RUbber Tree Plant

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Posted by Newt on July 13, 2003 at 09:31:45:

In Reply to: Re: RUbber Tree Plant posted by Joyce on July 13, 2003 at 08:22:14:

: I have a rubber tree plant that I have had for 9 years it was a plant bought for my Grandaughters funeral,so it is extremely important to me. I need to know how to promote growth on the bottom of the plant. It just grows up. I also need to know how to grow the babies as I have lost the paperwork on how to do it.
: Please Help.
: Thank You,
: Joyce

Hi Joyce,
You can't promote growth at the bottom of the rubber tree - Ficus elastica, as it's a tree and will continue to have leaves at the top and develop a trunk. In the wild it grows to 90'.

I'm not sure what you mean about how to grow the babies. Did this tree develop 'babies' in the pot? If so, you grow them the same way you have grown the tree.

You might find this helpful.
http://mgonline.com/rubber.html

If you want to propagate a branch, here's how.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/propa/msg0612565412548.html
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8700.html
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06970.htm

Hope this answers your questions.
Newt

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