Ficus elastika is native to the tropical rain forests of Malaysia, South America and India. In its native environment they can grow up to 100ft tall, but for the common house plant its range is usually around one to eight feet in height. A cultivar of Ficus elastica, Tineke is a variegated Rubber Plant. The Rubber Plant received its name from the white sap that oozes from its leaves and stems which has been used to produce rubber since the early 1900s. Tineke is the most common variegated cultivar of Ficus elastica; it has thick green and cream leaves and overtones of light burgundy, similar in style to army khaki.
Tineke is popular for interior décor, though it is not as common to find as other varieties. To help preserve the mix of colors, it’s best to place your Ficus Elastica Tineke in a brightly lit area but not in direct sunlight. They are happy when kept in moderate temperatures and with slightly moist soil. It’s best to use a well-draining soil and only water once it’s dry to the touch. It’s a slow growing tree that once matured, is a beautiful addition to any room making it a top pick for interior designers and anyone wanting to add height in their plant mix.
The Tineke thrives in bright indirect light. Plants with variegated leaves like the Tineke tend to have less chlorophyll, a green pigment found in plants responsible for the absorption of light. We suggest avoiding places with lots of shade, or bright direct light as variegated leaves have a tendency to burn when exposed to the hot sun.
We suggest watering the Tineke once a week allowing the soil to drain and dry. The Tineke can tolerate a few missed waterings, however, it is less tolerant to overwatering as it leads to potential root rot.
Similar to humans, plants including the Tineke prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.
Our plant experts have found fertilizer works miracles. Apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months and watch your plant grow.