With various tones of green, cream and blushed pink on new leaves, the variegated foliage of this variety of Rubber Plant is a real attention grabber.
As a tree, these plants can easily grow up to 2m tall indoors, and after a few years of growth they will branch out from the single stem to create a bushy canopy.
The accepted botanical name is Ficus elastica 'Tineke'. It's commonly known as Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree and Rubber Plant.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Ficus elastica 'Tineke' , and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Look after this plant well and you can look forward to watching it really grow into a large, robust statement plant.
Leaves lower down the stem will fall off naturally as the plant grows in height, until at around 1-2m tall it will begin to branch outwards to create a beautiful bushy canopy. You can force this to happen when it reaches a height you're happy with by pruning the top of the plant.
The large glossy leaves easily gather dust, so gently wipe down leaves as needed with a clean damp cloth.
Figs don't mind being rootbound, so only pot on when the pot is very crowded with roots.
Feed monthly with a general houseplant feed throughout the growing season.
Rubber Figs will tollerate full sun most of the year round in the UK, though in the height of summer a full-sun position may cause leaf scorch, so pull it to a bright but indirect spot over the peak of summer.
Bright indirect light is ideal all year round.
Rubber Plants love high humidity, but their thick waxy leaves don't complain too much if they're don't get it.
Keep compost moist but never soggy. Figs don't like being overwatered, so water only when the top surface on the compost is dry to the touch, and be sure that the roots are never sitting in water.
Most Rubber Plants will tollerate temperatures down to aroun 10ºC, but variegated varieties like Tineke tend to prefer to stay on the warmer side. Most importantly, avoid sudden changes in temperature or very draughty spots near open doors or windows.
The Rubber Plant is very tolerant of occasional neglect. As long as the light and temperature is right, you'll find this plant very easy to care for.
The rubbery sap is irritating to skin and toxic to ingest. Although pets are very unlikely to nibble on the thick waxy leaves, we'd advise to keep an eye on pets and small children and keep out of reach if they show interest.