Ficus Tineke, also known as a Variegated Rubber Plant or Tree, differ from regular rubber trees in their leaf color. Traditional rubber trees have dark green leaves, but variegated rubber trees have leaves with shades of red, yellow, cream and green. Native to South Asia and Southeast Asia, the plant comes from the Moraceae family. As a close relative of the rubber tree, it also shares similar thick, shiny, rubbery leaves. In nature, it can grow to heights of 30-45 feet and can spread up to 30 feet. Living indoors they usually grow to be about 6-10 feet tall. Their striking leaf patterns and colors make them a wonderful statement plant for every home.
Thrives in bright indirect light. Can benefit from a few hours of direct sun. Rotate often to help ensure even growth. Make sure to keep the large leaves clean of dust and dirt, so it can soak up all those glorious sun rays!
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. These plants are susceptible to root rot, so aim for moist, but never soggy soil. When watering make sure to water thoroughly, so water is freely coming out the bottom of the pot.
Sick Plant Signs
Yellow leaves, wet potting mix: Overwatering
Crispy, curling leaves: Thirsty plant, underwatered or low humidity
Leaf drop: Low light, not enough light