A rubber plant, Ficus Elastica Robusta, is a great house plant to grow. I remember when I first left home buying one for the house and being very proud of it. It latest for many years until it finally decided it had had enough and died. I replaced it quickly as a home without a rubber plant is incomplete as far as I am concerned. I have probably had this plant a good ten years or so now and all was well. It took up a large amount of space in the conservatory and was getting to the top heavy toppling over stage. Dear reader, I decided to cut it back a bit so that it could sprout from a lower point and be a more manageable size.
Well of course it hasn't regrown. It has sulked beyond sulking. I have fed it liquid seaweed. I have spoken words of love to it, and it sits there, refusing to make eye contact with me.
I took a couple of cuttings from the prunings in the hope that they might root.
They are not dead yet and seem to be growing. I am relatively hopeful for them.
They look more healthy than the parent plant that's for sure!
Because the rubber plant was sulking so much, I refreshed its compost and shoved it outside to see if the summer air would make it happy.
It is looking like this may have worked: look, there are signs of life. So whilst the sulking is irritating, maybe just maybe there will be a happy ending?
Time will tell.
Stay safe all.