Ficus Tineke, also known as Ficus elastica 'Tineke' or variegated rubber plant, is a popular indoor plant that belongs to the fig family, Moraceae. It is a cultivar of the Ficus elastica, which is native to Southeast Asia.
Ficus Tineke is known for its stunning leaves, which are large, glossy, and oval-shaped, with a striking variegation of white and green. The plant is relatively easy to care for and can grow up to 6-10 feet tall when provided with the right conditions.
Ficus Tineke prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight in the morning or late afternoon, but it is best to avoid direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day as it can scorch the leaves. If the plant is not getting enough light, its variegation may become less pronounced, and it may grow more slowly. On the other hand, if it is getting too much light, the leaves may become pale and show signs of sunburn. In general, placing the plant near a bright, east or west-facing window that is filtered with a sheer curtain or blinds can provide the right amount of light for Ficus Tineke to thrive.
When it comes to watering Ficus Tineke, it is important to strike a balance between keeping the soil evenly moist and avoiding overwatering, which can lead to root rot.
Check the soil: Before watering, check the top inch of soil with your finger. If it feels dry to the touch, it's time to water. If it's still moist, wait a few more days before checking again.
Water thoroughly: When you water, make sure to thoroughly saturate the soil until water drains out of the bottom of the pot.
Don't let the plant sit in water: After watering, make sure to empty any excess water from the saucer or tray underneath the pot to prevent the roots from sitting in standing water, which can cause root rot.
Ficus Tineke prefers higher levels of humidity, as it is native to tropical regions where the air is moist.
Not Pet Friendly
Ficus Tineke is not considered to be pet-friendly, as it can be toxic to cats, dogs, and other pets if ingested. The plant contains a sap that can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea if consumed, and the leaves and stems can also cause skin irritation in some pets. If you have pets in your home, it's best to keep Ficus Tineke out of reach or choose a non-toxic alternative plant.
Comes in 14cm pot