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Name: Katie K. R.
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Age: 50s
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Date: 4/21/2003

I have a rubber tree plant that has a single stalk and is about 10 feet high. I would like to cut it back to a manageable size. What is the best way to do this? And should I try to "replant" what I cut off?


I think you would have success with air layering. The procedure is basically enclosing a part of the stem with growing medium and a watertight membrane where roots will develop; afterward the original plant can be severed below the new roots to have a 'shorter' plant.

Your local greenhouse/nursery or library should have a detailed description of the process. Good luck!

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