Ficus Tineke, more commonly known as the Variegated Rubber Plant shrub, is a beautiful ornamental houseplant that has been rising in popularity!
Boasting gorgeous variegated foliage that has green and white leaves with creamy white margins, the Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. In between the leaf variegation, dark pink veins will separate the green leaves into two halves. New growth emerges with pink tints that give the Tineke ficus a unique look.
Originating in southeast Asia, the Ficus Tineke Rubber tree can grow into a small bush if left unpruned with mature heights of 3-6 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide at maturity.
One of the leading characteristics of the Variegated Rubber Tree is its ability to filter and purify the air of formaldehyde. Perfect for any room in the home, office, bedroom, bathroom, or sunroom – the Ficus Tineke plant adds a burst of color and greenery to spruce up your decor.
Variegated Ficus Tineke Care
Rubber plant care is extremely easy! Follow these simple tips to keep your variegated rubber tree happy and healthy. Rubber plant soil should be well draining with lots of nutrients. You can amend regular potting soil with perlite or peat to help aerate the potting mix. Repot your rubber plant every few years as it outgrows its current pot. You will know when it is time to repot the ficus when it becomes rootbound. Fertilize the rubber tree annually with a slow release fertilizer to help with healthy growth during the active growing season. Be sure to choose a container with a drainage hole because it does not like root rot or waterlogged soil at the bottom of the pot.
Growers in USDA hardiness zones 10 and above can grow this plant outdoors all year long!
Variegated Rubber Plant Light Requirements
Ficus Tineke likes bright indirect light conditions for at least 3-6 hours a day. Direct sunlight is not encouraged as it will scorch or burn the leaves of this tender house plant. Filtered sunlight is best and the brighter the light the more the variegation will come out in the large leaves.
How Often to Water Rubber Plant
Water the Ficus Tineke whenever the soil feels dry to touch. This will of course be determined by the temperature and humidity in the room. Recommended room temperatures should not exceed 55-60 F. Avoid cold drafts from vents, fans, or windows. Normal room humidity is fine for the plant. It is best to keep the watering schedule to consistent. Rubber trees don’t like too much change. Water less in the winter months as the Rubber Ficus Tineke will go into a dormant phase with less growth and requires less water.
How to Prune Rubber Plant
Pruning Ficus Tineke is not required by any means! You can prune the top of the main branch once it reaches the desired height you would like. This will encourage more lateral growth. Remove any unwanted or dead branches to give the plant a fuller shape.
Check out our Indoor Plant Care Guide for more in-depth information about growing rubber trees.
*Disclaimer about Ficus Tineke and cats: Rubber tree plants are mildly toxic to cats and other pets so it is best to avoid consumption at all times. Additionally, when making pruning cuts the branches may leak a white sap that causes mild skin irritation so prune cautiously.
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Ficus elastica 'Tineke'
- Unique variegated leaves
- Easy care and maintenance
- Air purifying qualities