Rubber tree cutting on a plane?

Asked July 1, 2016, 5:39 PM EDT

My dad has this 30+ year old rubber tree and I want to take a cutting of it to grow at my house. I've read about the various ways of propagating and I would love advice on which way would be good for taking on an airplane. My thoughts so far are to wrap the cut stem in a damp paper towel and put it in a plastic bag. Id also be interested in advice to get his tree in better condition. It splays out a lot and would maybe benefit from pruning or repotting?

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1 Response

Hi!

Air layering is the best for rubber tree plants. Here is more information: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/landscape/air-layering/.

However, this process is done on the parent plant and takes many weeks and it seems like you may need to actually do the propagation in another way. You can take a cutting from the new growth and keep it moist until you can put it in soil, but it should be planted in soil as soon as possible. Here is more information:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rubber-tree/propagation-rubber-tree-plant.htm.

Good luck!