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Rubber Tree is more of a bush.

Posted by LoveLeigh none (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 16, 12 at 13:51

Hi, I'm new to the forum.
So we have an office rubber tree. It's not so much of a tree any more. Someone decided to prune it back from the main trunk all the way to the ground. It grows very much like a spindly vine or bush now. It really bugs me that it's not tree like. The boss has had it for years . . . is there anything I can do other than taking a cutting and making a new tree?

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RE: Rubber Tree is more of a bush.

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 16, 12 at 14:07

Mmhmm - there is. A picture would be helpful for more specific advice, but you can remove all but one vigorous stem/trunk & turn it back into a single-trunk specimen. Best time to do that would be the last week of Jun or first week of Jul. As a bonsai practitioner I do it, purposefully, all the time to help induce the trunk taper that is a key element in making trees look old.

Let me know if you need more help.

There is a thread about tending Ficus trees in containers and one on keeping your plants looking good; both are on this forum & I can link you to them if you have interest?


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