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May 16, 2020 2:47 AM CST

Last Winter I rescued a Ficus elastica. It started sprouting new growth again last Summer and seems to be recovering pretty well but... by the time I took it in my care it had lost most of its leaves and now I have a long spindly trunk with a bunch of fresh growth on top! It looks pretty awful.

I have very limited experience with interior plants so I was wondering if perhaps I can promote new growth on the stem by scoring and/or notching, a tecnique pretty used on fruit trees. Other methods are obviously welcome.

Thanks.
The Saviour.
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May 16, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Notching rarely is rarely successful with Rubber Plant kept in home environments. Yours can be pruned back and it might produce more than one new shoot, but that is unlikely. More likely, pruning it will produce a single new shoot that will grow upward from the pruning cut. It would shorten your plant and make it less spindly, but not any fuller or tree-like.
Will Creed
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May 17, 2020 2:31 AM CST

Thanks. I will try a few notches anymay: it cannot look worse than it already does.
The Saviour.
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