Rubber Tree Plants

Rubber Tree Growth

mandymarie added on June 7, 2014 | Answered

I have 2 rubber trees that are single trunks and they are growing really tall. How can I get them bushy? They are over 6 feet tall. I took a clipping from a friend's aunt. I can't ask her, as she has passed away. I asked Home Depot workers and they don't know either. They are easy to grow, as I have a black thumb. I love them, but I am afraid that I won't be able to fit them in my house soon. Sharon's was bushy. Please let me know what to do so I don't have to throw them away. I didn't know they could grow so big. Thank you for any information you can provide.

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Answered on June 8, 2014

If your trees have grown that tall, your thumb isn't black, except in the good way because it's dirty.
Controlling them is simplicity itself. Get a pair of plant pruners, and cut the stems at about the spot you'd like to see them start to branch out. When each new branches have 3 or 4 leaves, you can cut off the ends of those to encourage more branching. You can stick the cut pieces back into the soil beside the main stem; there's a good chance they will root. Or stick them into their own pots. Here's an article with more info:

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