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All About Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated

Posted on December 12 2022

Ficus elastica 'tineke rubber tree’' is a species of plant in the Moraceae family. It’s known as the 'the rubber plant' because of its sticky latex sap that dries into a low quality rubber. New growth on this tree will have beautiful pink, green, and yellow variegated leaves. Some people describe the pattern on each leave as “blended watercolors.”

Meet Your Match:

    • Nickname: Tineke rubber tree
    • About the Family: The Tineke rubber tree is a member of the Moraceae family, so it is a relative of both Fig and Mulberry trees.
    • Understanding the Family Tree: Moraceae (Family), Ficus (Genus), Ficus elastica (Species)
    • Hometown: The Rubber Tree’s home is native to jungles in eastern parts of South Asia and southeast Asia.

    How to Care for Your Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated:

      • Watering: Water when the soil surface dries out.
      • Humidity: This plant enjoys being misted during the summer.
      • Soil: Well-draining soil.
      • Fertilizer: Fertilize once a month during the growing season. Do not fertilize during dormancy.
      • Environment: Keep your ‘Tineke rubber tree’ in bright, indirect light.
      • Propagation: Cuttings along nodes can be rooted.
      • Toxicity: The ‘Tineke rubber tree’ is toxic to dogs and cats. The sap can also be a skin irritant to humans. 

      The Best Unboxing Practices:

      Properly caring for your newly unboxed Tineke rubber tree for the first week of its new life is crucial to the extended wellness of your plant. Follow these practices to get the best results:
      • Watering: Exotic Forest ships freshly watered plants. Do not water your Tineke rubber tree until it exhibits the proper signs.
      • Repotting: Do not immediately repot your plant, which would likely result in shock and leaf-loss. Allow it to acclimate to its new environment for at least one week. 
      • Lighting: Place your plant in filtered, medium direct light for a few days to acclimate. Relocate your Tineke rubber tree to your desired location in partial sunlight that fits its care needs afterward.

      What You’re Getting:

      • You will receive a carefully selected, quality evaluated 6” diameter plant approximately 18" tall. All Exotic Forest plants are rooted and thriving. 

      What Makes Us Special:

      • Shipment Methods: Plants are precious, and we want yours to arrive safely! We ship our plants via UPS, with a maximum of 4-day shipping. 
      • Our Packing: Have you received ‘squished’ plants from other companies? Our solution to this common issue is bamboo stakes and biodegradable packing peanuts (starch), which securely holds your plant in place during shipment. 
      • Chemical-free: We are committed to keeping our plants and customers safe. We never treat our plants with chemical pesticides. 
      • Quality Standards: Exotic Forest strives to meet stringent quality standards and evaluates each plant we resource from our nursery. Pest-free, healthy plants are a requirement!
      • Customer Service: Your satisfaction is our priority. If you are experiencing issues with or have questions about how to care for your Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated, reach out to us at or via our social media accounts. Are you tired of receiving pre-written responses? We believe that plant parents want to talk to people, not robots. A knowledgeable team member reads and replies to each individual concern: no cookie-cutter answers here!
      • Returns: While we do not accept returns at this time, you can contact us at with photos of your plant and receipt to discuss the specific plant care issues you’re experiencing with your Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated and possible resolutions.
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      FAQ about Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated:

      • How fast does a Tineke rubber tree grow? The Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’ Variegated is a quickly growing species, a rubber tree has the potential to gain 24 inches in height during a growing season.
      • Do Tineke rubber trees need direct sunlight? Tineke rubber trees like to be in soil with a good amount of moisture, so avoid placing it somewhere drying, such as near a drafty window, vent, heater, or in direct sunlight. Bright, indirect light is ideal for growing any rubber tree.
      • Do Tineke rubber trees like to be root bound? Tineke rubber trees do not like to be root bound. When a rubber tree is root bound, it is prone to stunted growth, droopy leaves, and lack of oxygen and water supply in the plant leading to various other issues.
      • Can you propagate a Tineke rubber tree? Tineke rubber trees can be readily propagated by stem or leaf cuttings. They are very easy plants to grow and have a high rate of propagating success.

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