Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’

Rubber Plant, Indian Rubber Tree

The rubber plant is a broadleaf evergreen shrub or tree with leathery leaves that make for a stylish focal point in any room.

The Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ cultivar is distinguished by its pastel green and off-white variegated leaves with subtle pink midribs. New growth has pinkish hues that slowly lightens as it matures.

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Origin: North East India, Eastern Himalayas, and South East Asia
Genus: Ficus
Species / Cultivar: elastica 'Tineke'
Common Name: Rubber Plant, Indian Rubber Tree
Synonym: Ficus clusiifolia

Plant Biography

Native from North East India to South East China, it is commonly called the India rubber tree because of its milky sap that can be used to produce rubber, which also gives rise to the name elastica.

In the tropics Ficus elastica is widely grown as an ornamental tree. Mature trees of this species can grow 50 to 100 foot tall and develop banyan-like aerial roots that form trunks.

In colder climates, like the UK, it has become a popular statement houseplant for its easy care requirements and striking appearance.

Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: >12°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Light Watering
Water when several cm of soil depth is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

In poor lighting conditions, the variegation and colour will fade.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Water when the top few centimetres of soil is dry to the touch and keep it in a position that gets bright but indirect light and Ficus elastica will thrive.

This plant can eventually grow to 3 metres indoors in ideal conditions, though it can be easily pruned to keep more compact.


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