Houseplants forum: Can I combine rubber tree and philodendron?

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Sep 3, 2017 11:11 AM CST
Hi All,
I'm new here and do not have a green thumb. I have a new rubber tree (Ficus elastica) a friend gave me a year ago, its happy an growing, and a philodendron that I have had for 15 years that's becoming unhappy over the last few.

I was thinking of trimming the strands if the phil and combining the 2 for a 'fuller' look. Can they go together?
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Name: Gene Staver
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Sep 3, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Welcome. Both plants need more light. Way more light. I'd not combine 2 different plants that are need of help, myself. Cutting back the vine is a good idea. Gene
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Sep 4, 2017 8:48 AM CST
The vine is Pothos:
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

The vine grows much more quickly than the tree, so you would be trimming the vine often, but aside from that, they should get along well.

Agree that the tree has a "low light" look, with the leaves pointing down instead of up.
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Name: Will Creed
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Sep 4, 2017 7:12 PM CST
I agree that it would not be a good idea to try to combine the two plants in the same pot. Generally, Rubber Plants want more light and somewhat moister soil than the Pothos, so they are not a good match. Do trim the long Pothos vines to keep it looking fuller and more compact.
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