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Wednesday, 18 June, 2008

From:     SBJ
Category: Life
Date:     18 June 2008
Time:     05:45 PM


The Rubber Plant

At first appearance the young plant is pleasing to the eye, it's dark green leaves have a satisfying waxy sheen, and there may be 
subtle roles of red as new leaves begin life. The plant will exist in any room, in any house, surviving without water, or food for 
many weeks  potentially months, thus making a handy self-sufficient  accompaniment to busy modern living. However, as one 
gets older and becomes a little more responsible, one may feel the urge to up-grade the rubber plant to a larger pot and to treat it 
to weekly doses of water  even occasional feeding. This, I have learnt, is where the rubber plant comes into it's own. It will grow 
fast, and rapidly lose its place in any room it had previously fitted. The, once waxy, leaves become velvet deserts of dust, the 
monotony broken only by the odd white-weeping leaf  its over-sized form accidently knocked, again. Another threat to the rubber 
plant is the great outdoors, where it is absolutely intolerant to stark sunlight  causing burnt leaves and permanent scarring. To the 
rubber plants merit, I have discovered it will handle quite a severe hacking of growth  more than half it's bulk gone, it still sends 
new, resilient shoots. In conclusion, the rubber plant can make for a decent green addition, so long as one is prepared to fight it 
back once in a while. Despite its rather boring reputation, its interminable vitality must be admired.

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