House Plants/Rubber tree


My rubber tree is 20+ years old She is variegated and has always been indoors. She fills my entire sliding door area. she is healthy gets fertilized through the spring with Miracle Gro and this year she started a whole new branch, the question I have is that this new branch is all green no varigation. what caused this?

Hi Shari,

New growth on variegated plants may revert unexpectedly to all-green at any time. This is particularly true with hybrids, which yours probably is. In addition, variegated plants require more light than all-green varieties. It is possible that your Rubber Tree just doesn't have quite enough light to continue to push out variegated new growth. Although increasing the light might encourage continued variegated new growth, it is unlikely. In other words, there is not much you can do about this as it is mostly a genetic issue.

If you feel the all-green stem spoils the appearance of the plant, you can cut off that branch without harm to the remainder of the tree.

I have written detailed articles on pruning and on Rubber Tree care that I will email for free to you (or anyone else) who emails a request to me at I have also written an indoor plant care book in a PDF format that I can sell you if you contact me at my email address.

Please let me know if any of this is unclear or if you have any additional questions.

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