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Question: Hi, I would like to take cuttings off my rubber tree, please tell me where to cut them from and if they can go right into the ground or what?

Thank you

Answer: The best and easiest way to propagate this tree is with cuttings.

Simply cut a tender shoot that is at least six inches long. Remove the lower sets of leaves. Dip the cutting in a rooting compound. You can purchase this product at any garden center. Stick the cutting one inch into moistened potting soil. Be sure to thoroughly wet the soil prior to planting. Finally, cover the pot with a clear piece of lightweight plastic and place the pot in bright light or near an east facing window. After two weeks, check to see if the plant has rooted by slightly pulling on the stem. If you feel resistance, remove the plastic covering and be sure to keep the soil moist. The plant can then be treated just like your original rubber tree.

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