Ficus Elastica ‘Tineke’, Variegated Rubber Plant, ‘Tineke’ Rubber Plant, Rubber Tree ‘Tineke’, Zulu Shield, Ficus Elastica Decora Rubra
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Ficus Elastica 'Tineke'
Variegated Rubber Plant
The leaves of the Ficus Elastica ‘Tineke’ or Variegated Rubber Plant are a subtle way to bring a pop of colour into a space. The main difference between ‘Ruby’ and ‘Tineke’ is that the Ficus Elastica Ruby is more pinkish and this Tineke is more whitish. The rubber plant ‘Tineke’ is a high light plant that will appreciate evenly moist soil, although it likes to dry out between waterings.
With diligent care, patience and fertilizer, this gem can grow into a fully formed tree, or be pruned back to keep its small stature. It is one of the best air purifying plants. It is great at removing toxins from the air, and will survive infrequent watering and low light. The Variegated Rubber Plant is similar to its burgundy cousin in appearance and care. The only difference is the Tineke requires brighter light conditions to keep its unique pink-wihte, and green foliage looking bright and defined.
Not only does it purify the indoor air but also regulates the humidity level of air conditioned rooms. It is a very popular ornamental plant from the Ficus genus. This is one of the few houseplants that can take direct sunlight. Unlike Ficus Elastica ‘Ruby’ this Variegated Rubber Plant foliage doesn’t become dark pink. Instead, the leaves get white variegation.
When it is about 1 – 2ft tall it’s well suited sitting as a centrepiece on a table, on a shelf, or on a windowsill, but once it begins to grow above 3ft it looks great standing next to the television area or near door entrances. Once the plant begins to mature and grow in height it’s common to train and support the trunk and branches by staking or tying them back to keep them growing upright.
Dos and Don’ts after receiving the plant
- Do not re-pot the plant immediately after receiving. We’ve taken care of that with better pot and rich soil.
- Keep the plant in indirect sunlight for 3 to 7 days.
- Always check the soil moisture and keep the plant hydrated all time. Do not over water it.