I have a rubber tree which I want to take cuttings from. Presently, it is a single plant which bifurcated at the base, so there are now two roughly parallel stems, one about 20" high, the other about 12". There is almost no "trunk" above the soil line, but they're joined by wood - it's not like the short one is a basal stem from the root system of the larger one. I believe that the shorter stem is a branch that formed after I rooted this as a cutting.
I want to know how I can prune this plant to make it branch as much as possible. Should I take the cuttings one at a time, letting the cut stem go to bud before shearing the other? Or should I take them at the same time? Answers with some sort of botanical/biochemical explanation would be preferred - I'm trying to get a grasp of the physiology involved. I know the specific details vary by species, but Hevea are important crop plants so I'm hoping there's a chance that someone has worked with them.
Anyways, thank you for appeasing my curiosity.
PS - Erm, perhaps this is the wrong forum for this. If somebody with the power to do so thinks this belongs in Misc. Plants, feel free to bump it over. I'm really not sure since it's more of a general plant-culture question.