Rubber Tree Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Streamwood, IL
Question by lynnchaney
October 10, 2006
My rubber tree is expanding and growing out of control, can I trim it back without hurting it? If so, what is the best way to do it?


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Answer from NGA
October 10, 2006

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Left to their own devices, Ficus plants can grow much larger than you'd expect. Luckily, they may all may be pruned to control their size. In fact, pruning tends to encourage branching and results in fuller growth--assuming there's enough light.

Prune Ficus "trees and shrubs" as you would any woody plant, making your cuts just above a node, where a leaf is attached to the stem, or where another stem branches off. You can also prune just above a leaf scar, even though there's no leaf there any more. New growth should arise from the scar area.

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