Rubber Tree Plants
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Cutting back a frost damaged rubber tree

Zone Galveston, TX 77551 | Anonymous added on February 8, 2019 | Answered

Just moved into a house in Galveston, TX. It has a tall rubber tree just outside. A recent 2-day hard freeze has caused all the leaves to turn brown and fall off. How far back should I cut it to help it recover?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on February 9, 2019

I would not cut it back until you know for sure that all threat of cold weather has passed. At this point, you can cut it back by about 1/3 and still be ok. Just don't take anymore than this, as this can cause permanent damage to the plant. After the cold weather has passed, then you can prune up. Here is an article for more information on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/how-to-care-for-a-rubber-tree-plant.htm

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