Variegated Rubber Plant – Ficus Tineke

Product Description

Ficus Tineke, more commonly known as the Variegated Rubber Plant, 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.

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 with 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 dont 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 cautiuously.

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Botanical Name

Ficus elastica 'Tineke'

Sunlight Partial Sun / Partial Shade
Foliage Color Green/White
Mature Height 3-6 ft
Mature Width 2-4 ft
Growing Zones 10, All Zones
Special Features
  • Unique variegated leaves
  • Easy care and maintenance
  • Air purifying qualities

Shipping Info

Once your Variegated Rubber Plant - Ficus Tineke order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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