How to Care for Figus Elastica Tineke

If you’re looking for a plant to use to add a touch of elegance or an impact it’s impossible to be without Ficus elastica‘Tineke’. It’s durable, adaptable and simple to care for. But, you need to take care of it in order to enjoy its decorative qualities to the fullest extent.

The ficus elastica tineke should be planted in a well-drained soil, make sure you have 40%-50% relative humidity and maintain temperatures within 60-85 degrees (15-29 degrees Celsius) range. Fertilize every month, provide ample indirect light and water once the top 1 inch of soil is dry.

Ficus elastica is a relative of the edible fig, an omnivore species native in tropical forest. Tineke has stunning glossy tricolor leaves that are gray-green, green and creamy white, with some maroon. But, it is essential to provide it with plenty in humidity, light indirect, and warmth to make sure they flourish.

The rubber plant with a variety of colors is simple to take care of after it has adjusted to its new surroundings. Continue reading to remove the guesswork out of cultivating and caring for the ficus elastica Tineke.

What Does a Ficus Elastica Tineke Look Like?

Also called a rubber plant, rubber tree also known as Indian rubber fig, Ficus elastica tineke can be among of the most stunning plants you can put at home. It is native to tropical climate areas, which means that the leaves are usually dense and lush. It’s also glossy and glossy.

The leaves of the ficus elastica tineke are big, thick, and soft. They have tricolors of patterns that vary in shades of gray-green, white or green, usually with maroon or burgundy tinges. The foliage’s color is the most vivid and stunning when lit in bright sunlight.

The color of maroon or burgundy tends to be more prominent in the new leaves. It is possible for this overtone to diminish as the plant grows. Young or old, ficus elastica tineke will be a blaze of beauty that looks stunning in pots placed in entranceways, offices and hallways, living spaces and staircases.

It is possible to use the rubber plant as a decoration centerpiece, centerpiece plant, or to add a splash of color to the houseplants that are within your home. I like my plant in my living and bedroom space because it cleanses the air of formaldehyde that is present in mats, carpets, and furniture. In addition, you’ll be delighted to know the fact that it is thriving at normal temperatures in the room.

For a plant in the house the ficus elastica tineke plant can be anywhere from 2″ and 10″ tall. Its leaves are quite big, reaching 5 inches wide as well as 14 inches in length. In the outside, it could reach fifty feet in height. If it is maintained and cared for under the right conditions, ficus elastica tineke can be an excellent ornamental houseplant.

Ficus Elastica Tineke Care Details

Figus Elastica Tineke

First Steps After Purchase

Ficus tineke is among the most easy houseplants to cultivate and maintain in your home. But, you need to follow a few steps to ensure that it adjusts to its new surroundings quickly and effectively.

  • Pot your plants: If it was in a plastic pot plant it again in a terracotta pot or a well-drained pot. Make sure it’s at minimum 1-2 inches bigger than the plant.
  • Apply insecticides: It is impossible to know for certain if the new plant is free of pests, therefore, spray it with an insecticidal soap or oil, such as neem, or any other oils for horticulture.
  • You should quarantine your new ficus tineke It’s always best to be on the safe side. Place your new tineke in a quarantine area, separate from your other houseplants for a period of 1-2 days.
  • Make sure that the temperature is optimal The ficus tineke is extremely sensitive to changes, particularly when it comes to light and temperatures. Keep the ideal temperature between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15-29 degrees Celsius). If they are subjected to a drop in temperature the plants will respond by shedding leaves.
  • Make sure the soil is damp but not wet. In the initial couple of weeks, make sure the soil is consistently damp. If it’s wet, then dry it’s a sign of waterlogging. Roots can become soft and becoming mushy and eventually cease to exist. The leaves will react by turning yellow then wilting and eventually dropping off.
  • Provide bright, indirect lighting It is especially important when you’ve just bought a new item located in the outdoors of a nursery. If the lighting conditions aren’t right the plant won’t be able to adjust to the new settings for a long time. In fact, it will lose gorgeous cream variegation as well as drop leaves. A window facing east would be the ideal location.

How to Care for Ficus Elastica Tineke

Once your plant is completely settled, it’s now ready to grow! Here are some basic tips for keeping your succulent tineke healthy and healthy in the indoors.

How to Water Ficus Elastica Tineke

Ficus elastica tineke is more likely to die due to drowning in soil that is spongy rather than getting too much water. Do not use ice cubes, or spray some water onto the leaves, neither. It’s just inviting disease as well as tissue damages.

As an overall rule of thumb it is recommended to be sure to water your ficus tineke after the top 2 inches of soil have dried out. This is the most important rule. If not, you should keep these guidelines in your mind:

  • Let the soil tell you: if it’s muddy and wet, as well as stinky, it’s likely drowned your plant. Relax the watering container. If the water is dry and dusty then it’s time to water once more.
  • Don’t count days: Yes, I’ve said it before – you shouldn’t rely on the counting of days. The reason is that the soil dry out at different rates based on the season, temperature lighting, etc. In the case of summer, for instance. might need to water every two or 3 days during the summer months, but only every 2-4 weeks during winter.
  • Use warm water: Cold water is not a good idea. The rubber plant is indigenous to tropical climates that are warm and humid.
  • Beware of overhead watering: Do not sprinkle or pour water over your tineke ficus. In the event that you do this, you’ll run the risk of attracting pests as well as fungal or bacterial infections. For the most effective results, drink take a bath early in the morning or at night.
  • Make sure you use the correct method of watering Use a small amount of water first , then wait for the water to completely soak. Repeat this process until the water drains out of the drainage holes at the base of your pot. Be sure to drain the run-off within 10 minutes.

Ficus Elastica Tineke Light Requirements

The rubber plant is a favorite space that is flooded with direct, bright light. Therefore, it’s impossible to get it wrong by choosing windows facing east.

Although it is able to tolerate three to four hours of direct sunlight Avoid too much exposure. The leaves will begin to turn brown, sunburn and then drop off. However the ficus tineke could be able to lose its beautiful cream variegation on the leaves if it’s receiving low-light.

As with the majority of species of plants The ficus tineke is not a fan of sudden changes in the light conditions. If you’re transitioning from outdoors to indoors, take it slowly. If your plant feels stressed the plant will shed several leaves.


In terms of temperatures, the ficus tineke may be a bit difficult to handle. Temperature fluctuations, cold drafts, abrupt temperature fluctuations, and temperatures that are below 55 degrees (12 degC) can cause stress to the plant. The leaves will begin to yellow and a sudden loss of leaves in a masse and a slowed growth.

The ficus elastica tineke thrive in temperatures that are that are in the 60-85 degree F (15-29 degrees Celsius) range. Avoid radiators, heat vents and so on. Also.

Misting/ Spraying

The humidity in your home may not be sufficient, and your plants will need help by increasing humidity every now and then. To increase humidity:

  • Plants are grouped together to create a moist microclimate
  • The practice of misting frequently is a more practical method
  • Spray or spray with water, but you should add some insecticidal soap
  • Install a humidifier near by
  • Place your plant on the top of a pebble tray


The rubber plant is native to regions where humidity levels can reach 90%, like the tropical cloud forest. However your ficus tineke can thrive in regions that have a humidity of 40-50% as an indoor plant.

A bathroom, terrarium or conservatory could be an ideal, humid place.

Ficus Elastica Tineke Soil

The ficus tineke requires top-quality, well-drained sandy or loamy soil. It is essential to mix in compost , wooden pieces, coconut fibres, pine turf, or corn.

  • It is essential to ensure that your soil is a high permeability and drainage capability.
  • Moderate nutrient content
  • It will last for a long time in a 3-gallon container that has drainage holes
  • Your plant is attracted by slightly acidic soil, the pH 6.0-6.5 range.

Fertilizing Ficus Elastica Tineke

The Indian rubber plant will do easily in soils that are moderately fertile. However, it will appreciate an increase in nutrient levels every now and then.

  • Water-soluble and standard liquid homeplant fertilizers are perfect for your Funus tineke
  • Fertilize every month from the beginning of spring to late summer for the best results
  • Reformulate the fertilizer until it is half strength prior to application
  • Do not apply fertilizer during the dormancy time (i.e. during winter and cold autumn months)

Propagating Ficus Elastica Tineke

There are three main ways you can grow your ficus tineke

– Air Layering

This involves removing or slashing portions of bark on a sturdy healthy, healthy branch.

  • Cleanse and dust the area immediately using the rooting hormone
  • Place moist sphagnum moss on the wound, then cover it with a dark plastic sheet to block the light and to ensure moisture and humidity
  • Every 2-3 weeks, check for growth of the root. New roots should appear within a couple of months.
  • Make sure that the moss stays damp after the roots have sprouted.
  • Remove the cutting off the stem just below the main stem , and place it in the garden.

– Propagating in Water

It is the most popular method of propagating the ficus tineke. Choose top cuttings that are 7-10 cm long. Make use of a sharp, sterilized knife to cut the pieces.

  • Apply the bandage immediately using candle wax or clean the area by using charcoal Ash. If you wish, apply the rooting hormone on the base of the cut.
  • Take the bottom leaves and make sure that a bud and a leaf remain on the stem
  • Place the cut flowers in a pot that is that is filled with clean water
  • The new, hardy roots will appear a couple of months later. From there, you can plant with new soil and create the perfect conditions.

– Propagating in Soil

It is possible to propagate the soil during the warmer seasons of spring and summer.

  • Choose 4-6-inch cuts from the branches’ terminals. Take all leaves, excluding the top one or two
  • Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and then drain off the sap of milk.
  • The wound should be treated with charcoal ash as well as the rooting hormone and then plant the seed seeds in seed-starting potting mix one gallon containers with drainage holes
  • Make sure the soil is moist but not completely wet. Set the pot in an indoor an area with direct, bright lighting.

Healthy, firm roots will grow in about around 4-6 weeks.

How to Repot Ficus Elastica Tineke

  • Carefully dig the plant. Make sure to tease the roots with care when they begin to become wrapped.
  • Cut off dead dry or rotten roots.
  • The new pot should be filled with soil that is fresh and well-drained. mix 1/4-way
  • Put your ficus tineke in the middle and then make sure to fill the pot with the potting mix
  • The soil can be firm and compacted by your hands as you wrap the plant around
  • The water should be drained until it reaches the bottom. Run-off should be empty within 10 mins of soak.
  • Place your ficus tineke on an indoor space with indirect, bright lighting.

Pruning and Trimming

An indoor ficus tineke doesn’t require much pruning. When it is a mature plant it is possible to prune it periodically to eliminate branches that aren’t needed and to maintain its appearance.

Remove dead or diseased leaves, stems or branches as required.

Common Ficus Elastica Tineke Problems and How to Fix Them


Your ficus could be susceptible to leaf and root mealybugs, spider mites scale insects, and aphids. Scale insects leave speckles and stipples on the leaves.

What to do: Clean off any pests using a powerful application of water. Apply the insecticides in liquid form, such as horticultural oils or insecticidal soaps in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer.


The ficus tineke can be susceptible to several ailments, such as root rot when it is infected by Phytophthora fungal fungi, Anthracnose and foliar nematodes. The leaves are likely to change color to yellow.

How to fixit: Remove rotten or damaged parts like roots. Apply fungicides or organic solutions like baking soda or charcoal, cinnamon or the chamomile.

Black/Brown Spots on Leaves

Brown or black spots on the leaves of ficus tineke can be a sign of illness sunburn, underwatering, or sun. Salt burns and mineral deposits can be caused by over-fertilizing or softened water. In addition, low humidity can cause leaves to dry, turn brown and then turn brown and.

What to do: Get rid of all black or brown leaves. Remove any excess salt from the soil. Make sure to water thoroughly before moving to an area that is lit by direct, bright light.

Ficus Leaves of Elastica Tineke Falling off

Ficus tineke can shed leaves as a result of unintentional changes. This is particularly true when you abruptly change the temperatures, light or humidity levels.

How to fixit: Make sure your ficus has the optimal conditions. For instance, take it out of the light source or have it too bright.

Ficus Elastica Tineke Leaves Curling

Curling is caused by the cold air, insects, poor watering practices or low humidity. excessive light.

How to fixit: Identify the root cause and make the appropriate adjustments to your treatment


Ficus tineke creates a milky sap that is mildly toxic to cats, humans as well as dogs and other animals. It can cause mouth and stomach irritations that can lead to vomiting.

Ficus Elastica Tineke Care Tips

  • The ficus tineke will flourish in a humid, warm indoor space that is flooded with direct, bright light
  • You should water your rubber plant with warm water after the top 1 or 2 inches of soil have dried out
  • Make sure that the humidity remains within the 40-50% range
  • Check frequently for spider mites, mealybugs, aphids and scale insects
  • Do not overwater to stop root rot
  • Apply half-strength standard liquid fertilizer once every 4-6 weeks during the spring and summer months.


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