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Rubber plant needs help

Posted by kflo none (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 15:20


I inherited this rubber plant about 2 years ago and it struggled for a while... It seems to be very healthy and growing great, but it is quite top-heavy!

It is only about 18" tall, it is 5 little skinny trunks coming out of the soil, which are bare about 6" up then it has all these big happy looking leaves bushing out all over the top. The branch is actually thicker towards the top of the branch than the base.

The base of all these stems or trunks (not sure what you call them?) are extremely puny and will not hold them up on their own so I have a stake i the pot as well.

I'm afraid to do anything with it as it took over a year for it really come to life! Do I need to prune, trim, repot??


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RE: Rubber plant needs help

Are we talking about a Ficus? Or maybe a Carasula ovata? Can you post a picture.

RE: Rubber plant needs help

  • Posted by kflo none (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 17:24

Yes, Ficus.... Here 'tis.

RE: Rubber plant needs help

It looks like it just wants a bigger pot and more water and it will be fine. You can seperate the fig from the Dracena too if you'd like.

RE: Rubber plant needs help

Hi Kflo, welcome to Gardenweb!

Since the whole pot is not visible in your pic, I'm wondering about how the water drains from that setup. If wind never blows on your plant, there's nothing to cause it to become stronger. Removing a few of the leaves, and running some kind of fan to blow gently on the plants periodically, could help the stems to become stronger. I can't tell - is it one plant with branches or several individuals?

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