Ask a Question forum: Can I divide my rubber tree plant?

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Phoenix, AZ
Aug 2, 2017 10:00 PM CST
My rubber tree has several "trunks" or stems. Can I divide it and plant them in separate pots?
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Aug 5, 2017 7:29 AM CST
Yes, you can divide your Ficus elastica, but why do you want to? They were potted together so that you will have a fuller plant. Each stem only grows straight up and does not normally branch so a single stem will always remain so. New stems do not emerge from the soil.

If you do divide the roots, you will find they are heavily entwined and cannot easily be separated without some root damage that can traumatize the plants. It is a risky procedure that could cause you to lose the entire plant and that is why I don't recommend it unless you have a compelling reason.

If you simply want more plants, then it would be better if you were to take tip cuttings from one of more of the stems and root them separately.
Will Creed
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