Ficus elastica 'Tineke' - Variegated Rubber Tree

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Ficus elastica                      

FY-kus ee-LASS-tih-kuh

Common Names: Rubber Tree, Rubber Fig, Karet Tree 

Family: Moraceae

Origin: Nepal, China, and India 

Growth: Upwards, branching

Light: Bright, indirect light. Can tolerate shade

Foot Candles: 250+

Water: Keep evenly moist

Humidity: 20%+

Temperature: 20°C - 30°C

Soil: Well draining potting mix

Container: Self-watering planter, large living wall

Nutrients: 10-10-10 Monthly  

Propagation: Seed, grafting, or branch cuttings

Interiorscape Use: Large potted plant, atrium, branch cuttings in living walls

Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Scale, Thrips.

Common Issues: Root Rot: if sitting in water. Cosmetic: Leaf drop with insufficient light or watering. Will develop aerial roots with higher humidity. Leaf colour may change with amount of light received. 

Comments: Historically important as a crop for rubber production but fell out of use when more modern methods arrived. Known for its leathery leaves that come in shades of green, red, and variegated pinks. The new leaves are often mistaken for flower buds, as they are protected by a colourful leaf sheath.   

Toxicity: Has a milky irritating sap in the stems and leaves that can cause gastrointestinal issues if eaten and skin irritation if the sap is allowed to rest on the skin for a time or gets into small cuts.