Variegated Rubber Tree Propagation

Ficus Elastica propagation in Västerås, Sweden

The Rubber tree or Rubber plant is a classic houseplant which is closely related to the Fiddle Leaf Fig, also a member of the Ficus family.  The stunning variegation of this rubber tree can sometimes appear as a watercolour effect on the leaves.

This is a growth story of a 7 year old plant which was cut down at the end of 2016.  The cuttings from the plant were propagated, and the original tree stump has continue to grow and shows significant growth progress.  The cutting and the original tree are cared for by @greenoholic

 

Mother Plant

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Late August 2016: Original Rubber Tree plant

March 2017

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Early March 2017: The tree was fully pruned, the remaining tree stump has five leaves and small shoots of branches along the trunk
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Early March 2017: New shoot of a branch appearing next to leaves
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Early March 2017: new branches appearing from shoots of existing leaves
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Early March 2017: Small branch growth appearing

Three weeks later

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Late March 2017: New branch growth is appearing all over the plant as well as fresh leaf growth from new and existing branches

 

The propagated cutting

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Early December: The cutting from the original plant has been placed in water, it has three leaves and a growing shoot
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Later December: A few weeks later, small signs of root growth can be seen appearing

 

March 2017

The cutting was transferred into soil in early January 2017, and since then it has shown significant growth. In three months it has grown at least 5 new leaves.

 

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March 2016: The cutting now has 8 leaves with more on the way

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