Our rubber tree's main stem has turned brown and there are no leaves growing from the bottom two foot or so. It is well watered and often fed. How can we make it better, as it looks a bit silly?
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It sounds like it is having issues with its roots. You may be overwatering it or it may have root rot. Only water when the top of the soil is dry. This article will help you check for root rot: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm After the issue it corrected, the leaves may regrow on the lower half. But, if you would like to trim the top and start the cuttings, these articles will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/prune-rubber-tree.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/propagation-rubber-tree-plant.htm
There is a new bacterial disease now affecting rubber trees (ficus elastica). See this extension office pub for more info: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp305