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How to trim or prune rubber trees?
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:44:35 AM »
How to prune rubber trees?

As your trees are growing, you will get offshoot branches growing in undesirable places on the trunk of the tree.

You will only want to keep the branches at the top of the tree, remove any branches offshooting from the trunk below 3 meters.  With the exception of newly planted trees, which you will only want to keep the branches at the very tips of the tree.

You do not want your trees to get too tall too young.  If they are growing too fast, you will have a problem with the tree being too tall for the size of the trunk to support.  A two year old tree should not be more than 3 meters tall. 

If the trees are growing too tall, and they are healthy, go ahead and cut the main trunk at the 3 meter point.  This will encourage new branches to sprout out from the area of the cut.

If your tress are too tall, and have started to droop over, reduce the weight of the top of the tree by trimming all excess branches from the top of the tree, and give all remaining branches a haircut.  You only need 3 or 4 main branches remaining for continued growth.

Use rope or plastic twine to pull the tree straight again tying the rope to stakes in the ground.  Usually two supports are required to straighten the tree.