Rubber plant

NitrobucketJuly 11, 2013

Hi. Ive had my indoor rubber plant for 3 years. every summer i prune the longest branches and try to make a new plant out of them. Occasionally it works, but most of the time, the new plant starts to wrinkle and turn black from the bottom of the stem and i notice that no roots have grown out of it. What is the best way to propagate this plant right after I cut it from the tree?

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They seem to strike best from hardwood or semi-hardwood, your cuttings may simply be a bit "too new" and "sappy" to strike.
Have you considered air-layering? You may have to start a little lower on the selected branch but then get those roots which will then allow you to chop off the piece to pot up.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 1:58AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

They're actually rather easy to root in a damp, airy medium, but air-layering makes things almost foolproof. You can start an air layer to be separated next summer now if you like, but you'd be better off if you waited until sometime between Father's Day and the 4th of July to stick cuttings.


    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:00PM
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After you cut it, let it dry off for a while and heal. The leaves might drop off but the stem will stay viable for quite a long time. I have trouble after doing some pruning on them. The off cuts will sprout roots if left laying on the ground. Not good if you want to get rid of them. But quite easy if you want new plants. And as Alison said, better with hardwood.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 7:39AM
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