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Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 14, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Could someone please id this for me, the picture doesnt show off all the pink thats starting to come out in the leaves. I was given this plant in the fall and it was all green Thanks in advance. Smiling
Christine

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 14, 2010 2:07 PM CST
Hi Christine! Your lovely plant is a Ficus elastica, commonly called "Rubber Plant" or "Rubber Tree": http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=ficus+elastic... I don't know what cultivar you have but it really is a beauty!
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Feb 14, 2010 2:14 PM CST
Might be Ficus elastica 'Doescheri'.
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 14, 2010 2:14 PM CST
Lin, thank you so much. I must tell you, I cleaned it a few weeks ago with a milk & water mix to get all the dust off it Big Grin
Christine
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 14, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Thanks Dave, you guys are quick Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 14, 2010 6:11 PM CST
Hey Dave!! Glad to see you made it over!
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Feb 15, 2010 3:14 PM CST
Hi Christine! Hi Lin!

I tip my hat to you.
Name: Christine
Blue Mountain,NY
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Christine1950
Feb 15, 2010 3:51 PM CST
Wish I was living where you two live, were getting snow tonight, although the south has gotten more than us in upstate NY this winter so I better not complain, we're so use to it.
Christine
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2010 5:12 PM CST
After the winter we've had here in Florida, I'd like to move to the Islands! I've been in Florida since 1967 and don't ever remember cold like we've had this year. It was down to 33ยบ again last night. Today finally warmed up to the lower 70's and it was sunny and pleasant out, but we are due for a few more cold nights ... some area's with frost warnings again ... Grrr. Grumbling My yard looks horrible ... lost many Codiaeum (Croton's) that I've had for years. I shouldn't complain though .. I've seen on the news what some folks are having to deal with in the way of snow and ice!
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Susan727
Apr 30, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Gorgeous! Where did you find it? Love those plants.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 9, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Hi everyone, here I am 1 year later. Here's that same rubber plant but it's lost it pretty pink and I'm not sure what I've done differently. I still love it but I liked the pink tint. Is there anything I can do to bring back some of that pink?? Thanks Group hug Thumb of 2011-07-10/Christine/2f6a47
Name: Eileen
Palm Bay, FL
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imadigger
Jul 12, 2011 4:28 PM CST
Christine, your plant is beautiful. I think the pink shows up in new growth and then turns green when it matures. Lin searches the web for info and I'm sure she will have the correct answer for you. I've just found the qbits forum when I was searching for hoya posts on DG. There was a message there that said most hoya people had moved to qbits. A link was posted and led me to qbits. Now when I go back to DG, that link is gone. How childish that ownerof the forum is. I'm glad I'm here now, and learning how to get around.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Jul 13, 2011 7:08 AM CST
Thanks Eileen, she is a beautiful plant and she's growing like crazy this summer. I think she like me *Blush*

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dogpack
Feb 9, 2012 11:29 AM CST
My understanding is that more light may help, however, I'm not a professional expert, so proceed with caution. Smiling I have a rubber plant which has been pruned and now is putting out more branches. I didn't cut it; someone else did this before I found the plant at a church bizarre. I hope in a few weeks to start another plant from this one so that I will have more rubber plants and so that the parent plant puts out more branches.

I've read about pruning and starting from cuttings, however any more information about this is very welcome. I don't want to hurt the plant and i want to do this the correct way the first time.

I hope to be able to share pictures as soon as UI figure out why this place is the only place where I'm not able to upload pictures. I've done this many times with all sizes of files at many other sites and for some reason it doesn't work here. I'm stumped and left to wonder what the problem may be; hopefully I'll find out and will be able to show you some of my plants.

I'm enjoying the pictures and conversation, thanks for the friendship.! :-)
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Feb 9, 2012 12:15 PM CST
I've always managed to kill this plant, no matter where I put it or how I try to care for it. What is the secret everyone. I so love t hat three toned variegation on this plant!!! I kill the all green rubber plant everytime too. Inquiring minds want to grow =)

























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dogpack
Feb 10, 2012 12:49 PM CST
So far my experience with the rubber is it doesn't like drafts, can withstand temps as low as 60 degrees, likes to be watered thoroughly during the growing periods, likes water less when not growing, and does not like being moved. If you move your rubber it will drop leaves until it is settled again. Sometimes it will not get used to it's new place, so if it is happy where it is don't try to fit things.

It likes a shower daily at least mine enjoys being sprayed gently daily and sometimes I spray twice a day if it is dry enough and the air needs humidity.

Rubbers like light however direct lght is not good for them because they may sunburn. Another tip for having a happy rubber is to put a container of water under it for humidity but do not allow the plant to be in water; use something between the pot and container of water so the rubber doesn't have wet feet/roots.

My rubber is near a window which has closed curtins and is also across from a window with the curtains open. I have had fresh healthy new growthso, apparently my rubber is happy with this arrangement.

I'm going to wait until it gets to be more spring weather before I try propagating my rubber.

I understand that it is possible to propagate rubbers from leaves, however do not remember the details. I also do not remember where I saw this information.

Oh, I did spray my new plants with Basic H which is a shaklee product because I wanted to be as positive as possible that These new plant friends of mine didn''t have any hitch hikers/pests.

Oh, one more possibility for moving the rubber is to do this very gradually. They seem to prefer not having to change, however if they must they probably like this to be done so that they don't really notice there has been a change. Another words; sneak this in on them so they are not startled or shocked. :-)

If I find any other information or think of any thing else, I'll let you know.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Apr 9, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Hey Everyone, it's been a long time, life can keep us busy Big Grin I wanted to let you see my new growth and it's a pretty pink, she's such a great plant Smiling
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