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Ficus Species, Decora Tree, Indian Rubber Fig, Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree Ficus elastica

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On Mar 17, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix — Ficus elastic is extra hardy than often thought, or not less than mine is. It grows in a comparatively sheltered spot, towards an east going through brick wall and if the winter is chilly I cowl it. It’s 20+ years outdated and has frozen to the bottom not less than twice, and most lately suffered intensive frost injury in January 2013 (despite the fact that lined) once we had over two weeks of freezing nights, with a low of 24 F, adopted by a chilly February with over 10 freezing nights. This winter’s 26F was the low of a 9-night freeze in Dec/Jan., however the plant suffered no injury (with cowl).

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On Sep 20, 2014, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

I posted for posterity the ORIGINAL slender leafed Ficus elastica that you’d discover in habitat. You solely see them now round outdated properties,OR outdated 50-60’s TV exhibits because the potted plant within the residence or workplace.
Open air,simple care.In addition they make good espaliers..one in Oakland is skilled flat towards a parking zone wall for 20′ in every path. Very engaging.
The tree within the image has survived chilly as little as 24f in 1990. And Now in 2014,will not be watered due to the drought. The tree appears to be like superb. Constructed to final.

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On Mar 19, 2011, chill_check from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I’ve a burgundy one planted outside right here in Charlotte. After the primary frost I lower it again leaving a 3” stump cowl with pine straw and a small tarp to maintain out extra moisture. It generally will get into the one digits through the winter. For the final Four years it has returned rising to about 4′,I often take away all however 2 shoots. I’ve lately eliminated the overlaying and am comfortable to see 1 new shoot pushing out .

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On Feb 15, 2011, earthtender1 from Dunedin, FL wrote:

i’ve a rubber plant that i’ve had for a number of years in my again yard… rapidly one thing is consuming it… i assumed it was toxic? i have not discovered the critter but… i appears to be like like a caterpillar or grasshopper form of… any info?

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On Dec 9, 2009, counrtythumb30 from Cedar Springs, MI wrote:

I’ve a eight ft tall by eight ft broad inexperienced rubber tree that’s rising in all instructions.Im working out of room for it develop seeking to trim some branches however i dont understand how. Is there anybody who can inform me how to try this step-by-step instruction?

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On Nov 29, 2009, PotEmUp from Fremont, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

In line with Ripley’s Imagine or Not!
“Within the hills close to Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India, villagers have constructed bridges from residing roots of Ficus elastica timber!”

Very cool tree!

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On Sep 9, 2009, trinawitch from Canton,IL &Dent County, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I’ve Three of those timber, 2 burgundy and one inexperienced, my daughters cat almost killed the inexperienced one off final yr by consuming the leaves and utilizing the pot as her litter field (cat is gone now) I repotted this spring taking the time to fully wash the roots clear of any kitty reminders, the plant has almost doubled in width and the bracnches have filed again out. All Three vegetation are not less than Four toes tall, with this inexperienced one spreading nearly as broad, the opposite two are solely barely narrower. instructed husband he wants to complete the greenhouse earlier than them or the 9 half of foot weeping fig get any greater! Thank God for 12′ ceilings!

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On Jun 7, 2008, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This can be a be aware to accompany some before-and-after photos I’m importing on the results of heavy pruning of an out-of-control out of doors Ficus elastica in Sebring, Florida. I lower off all of the lengthy branches in March, and efficiently rooted nearly the entire ensuing tip cuttings in moist sand outside in lower than two months. The remaining stems (about 1 to 2 inches in diameter) put out many new facet branches and vigorous new development, a lot enhancing the look of the plant. Plainly Ficus elastica in our local weather desires to place out lengthy stems with little or no facet branching (not less than in vegetation as much as 10 years outdated, or older) so pruning is critical for fuller development.

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On Could 5, 2008, wreinha from Macomb, IL wrote:

I’ve 2 rubber vegetation, each 5 toes in top, I reside in zone 5b and can transfer over to zone 6 in japanese IL, one of many rubber vegetation that I’ve is air Layered from the opposite rubber plant, I hope they develop good and massive.

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On Aug 16, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We initially had this as a home plant, then put it exterior. I grows properly — however, it was bitten arduous by frost final yr once we had uncommon temperatures within the teenagers. Nonetheless, it has come again (slowly) from floor up and can in all probability do effectively once more (until now we have one other unusually chilly winter). Just like the plant. Prefer it greatest when new leaves are approaching and you may see the pink colour of the brand new leaf buds.

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On Oct 19, 2006, Airel_Ice from Arlington, TX wrote:

Assist! I propagated this from a air layer.. now its HUGE in only a matter of months– how do I trim this, or can I trim this so it’s going to develop out not simply up!

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On Feb 20, 2005, teachaholic from Devon,
United Kingdom wrote:

Assist! Robbie the Rubber vegetation in hassle. Ive had a younger Ficus Elastica for simply over a yr, final summer season it grew effectively producing 4 leaves, however half method by means of this winter brown dry patches began appearing on the underside leaf, they unfold till it fell off. I wasnt too anxious, understanding this may be regular however suddening two extra leaves are brown and yellow veined. I can see the subsequent one up is beginning to go the identical method. What’s the drawback????

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On Jul 21, 2004, pardonRgarden from San Diego, CA wrote:

Whereas the Rubber Plant is a tidy, colourful, and thriving tree (requires little water), I have to warn these with smaller vegetation concerning the root system, earlier than you transplant one into your yard. The tree could be very hardy in our San Diego local weather, and now we have a beautiful established tree of about 15′ in our yard, about 18′ toes from our home.

Due to our additionally vigorous three Aussie pups, our yard has been graded right down to superb grime, which lately uncovered a 3″-diameter (no exageration) horizontal root that runs all the way in which throughout our yard! Since we’re within the technique of dog-proof-landscaping our yard, a landscaper talked about we’d must take away the tree, as its roots are invasive to hardscape. Now witnessing the big roots of our tree, I’m unhappy to say, it does seem … learn extra

The Rubber Plant is a reasonably tree, and shapes very properly when pruned (some milky white sap to keep away from). I’ll miss the good tightly rolled pink blossoms (that erupt amidst the clusters of huge deep inexperienced leaves), however can not threat having these roots intervene with our residence construction.

In case you do have room to develop a Rubber Plant, I’d encourage to benefit from the tropical magnificence of 1! I’ll attempt to add a photograph, previous to our tree’s elimination.

UPDATE: Excellent news about coping with probably invasive roots of the rubber tree! A neighborhood nursery proprietor instructed me that we are able to merely dig down across the tree and extreme any probably invasive roots near the tree. Since it’s such a hardy tree, I’m comfortable to do this various to eradicating the tree! He had success with a tree that had ROOTS that have been about 1 foot in diameter!

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On Jun 25, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This tree is a straightforward 9b grower… they’re offered as home vegetation, however everybody will get uninterested in them ultimately and lots of strive them of their gardens right here in zone 9b in southern California (very dry local weather!) they usually do nice. By no means seen frost injury this tree and mine (and all my neighbor’s) timber have seen temps into the mid 20s. Comparatively gradual in So Cal, and does not are likely to banyan (no arial roots), however I’ve seen giant timber over 30′.

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On Jun 25, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Grows very effectively planted exterior in our very moist local weather. It could actually attain nice heights and big canopies and requires no particular care.

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On Jun 25, 2004, tremax from Delray Seaside, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

does effectively in shade in zone 10b

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On Jun 24, 2004, moira_uk from Calne, Wiltshire,
United Kingdom wrote:

My indoor plant is rising vigorously.It began with one leaf 5 years in the past and is now almost 5 toes tall and taking up! I reside in southern England. Will my plant develop outside if I transplant it?

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On Could 19, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I lately collected and herborized branches and fruits from this tree within the city of Caxambu, Brazil. It was round 15m tall, and the sunshine gray trunk was 1,20m diameter. The robust roots took over the land across the tree. The visible was of a gargantuan bonsai. The fruits weren’t mature but. I do know that they develop into pink, I’ve to see this but

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