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May 24, 2020 11:53 AM CST

Hi
My 18year old rubber plant is overdue some tlc.. as you can see the tallest bit has been in the wars over the years and has no branches. Not sure what the best move is..do I prune the whole thing right back?
Thanks in advance
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May 24, 2020 12:02 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
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Hi Somersetandy

The growth habit of your Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica) is likely due to inadequate light. It can be pruned back to attain a better shape and the cuttings can be rooted for additional plants but it really does look like it needs more light.
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May 24, 2020 12:04 PM CST
Name: Tara
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It could be all pruned back, but I think the bigger problem is not enough light. I would imagine if you brought it out of the corner, you'd see much more branching.
And remember that if you do prune, it will leak sap/latex, where you cut, which can make a bit of a mess, and can be a skin irritant.
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