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Ficus Tineke
Ficus Tineke

Maintenance

WaterLet it dry before waterings.
FertlizeFertilize only during the growing season.
SunlightAccepts all ranges, from direct sunlight to low-light (full shade) conditions.

The rubber plant (Ficus Tineke) is a popular ornamental plant from the Ficus genus. In it's natural habitat it grows over 30 metres tall, however, the varieties grown indoors are a much more manageable height.

Description

It is a large tree in the banyan group of figs, growing to 30–40 metres (98–131 ft) (rarely up to 60 metres or 200 feet) tall, with a stout trunk up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in diameter. The trunk develops aerial and buttressing roots to anchor it in the soil and help support heavy branches.

It has broad shiny oval leaves 10–35 centimetres (3.9–13.8 in) long and 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) broad; leaf size is largest on young plants (occasionally to 45 centimetres or 18 inches long), much smaller on old trees (typically 10 centimetres or 3.9 inches long). The leaves develop inside a sheath at the apical meristem, which grows larger as the new leaf develops. When it is mature, it unfurls and the sheath drops off the plant. Inside the new leaf, another immature leaf is waiting to develop.

Pollination and fruiting

As with other members of the genus Ficus, the flowers require a particular species of fig wasp to pollinate it in a co-evolved relationship. Because of this relationship, the rubber plant does not produce highly colourful or fragrant flowers to attract other pollinators.

The fruit is a small yellow-green oval fig 1 centimetre (0.39 in) long, barely edible; these are fake fruits that contain fertile seeds only in areas where the pollinating insect is present.

Ficus Tineke

The Ficus elastica 'Tineke’ – or variegated rubber tree – is a popular variety of ficus known for its beautiful pink, green, and yellow leaves. The Tineke’s striking variegation and easy-going nature make it the perfect new plant to add to your sill this year.

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