Rubber Tree Plants
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Rubber plant

Zone Sun lakes, AZ | Sclsunaz added on June 12, 2018 | Answered

I saved this plant from Lowe’s on their discount rack along with a Boston fern (dead) about a year ago. Well I noticed the trunk is well here’s a picture. It was so tiny only 6 to 7 inches tall now it’s falling over the trunk grew too fast. Any advice please from anybody please

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BushDoctor
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Answered on June 12, 2018

I am seeing a lot of this at this time of year. This is a fungal infection, and since it is in container, you can control this fairly easily. Just use peroxide at 3 parts water to 1 part peroxide when watering the next time. Make sure that you let this dry pretty well between watering, as too much water is usually the cause of this.

As for the thing falling over... You can control its growth by keeping it confined in smaller containers. They will explode with growth if you give it room. They like to get rootbound, so you will be able to keep it in the same container for a few years before doing any work to it.

For now, you can cut the tops off of the leaders that are too tall. This will not hurt the plant at all. You can take these, and root them in soil. They root very easily. This will give you copies of the plant.

This collection of articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree

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