Rubber Plant Propagation In Water
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Rubber Plant Propagation In Water

Welcome to our guide to rubber plant propagation in water, we cover all you need to know. I have quite a few rubber plants and love to grow them in water, they can grow there indefinitely, and look great with their roots on show in a glass jar. The thing is they grow and propagate very slowly so you need to be patient and not give up on them.

See also: Rubber Plant Care for a full guide to caring for this plant, as well as Rubber Plant Propagation.

One of my rubber plants growing outside.
One of my rubber plants growing outside. I’m taking the cutting from the lower part of the plant.

How To Propagate A Rubber Plant In Water

Follow these steps to water propagate a rubber plant:

  1. Take the cutting. You need at least one leaf and one node. You can take a few cuttings at once as they can all be water propagated together.
  2. Put the cuttings aside for a few hours. Wait until the cut wounds have completely sealed over. You do not want water to get into open wounds.
  3. Put the cuttings in water. I put them in a jar of filtered tap water so the leaves are out of the water, but make sure the nodes are well covered.
  4. Put the cuttings in indirect light. Keep the propagations in bright spot, but out of indirect sunlight.
  5. Keep the water topped up. Make sure the water is constantly covering the nodes.
  6. They can take a long while, 3 or more months, for the propagations to root well. At that point you can move them to soil or keep them in water on going. They look great in water, but will be slower growing than in soil.
Close up a rubber plant leaf
This part of my plant wasn’t looking great to be honest, so I’ve cut it off to propagate it.

Rubber Plant Propagation In Soil – frequently asked questions

Can You Propagate A Rubber Plant In Water?

You can take a cutting of a rubber plant and root it in water.

Can I Grow A Rubber Plant From A Leaf In Water?

You cannot grow rubber plant from a leaf cutting if it does not have a node. The nodes are close to the leaves on most rubber plants, so a ‘leaf cutting’ may be ok, just check it has a node as it will root from there.

My two final rubber plant cuttings, each with two leaves.
My two final cuttings, each with two leaves.

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