The tineke rubber tree: a natural wonder

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Did you know that there is a tree in the rainforest that has rubber sap flowing through its veins? This amazing tree is called the tinke rubber tree, and it is a natural wonder! The sap of this tree can be used to make rubber, making it a valuable resource. In this blog article, we’ll talk about the benefits of the tineke rubber tree and how to properly care for it.

What does a tineke rubber tree look like?

What does a tineke rubber tree look like?
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The rubber tree tineke otherwise known as the elastic ficus. It is a great decoration for your home or apartment, and if you live in warm regions, you can also decorate your porch with it. The Tineke’s rubber tree is among the most variegated ficus species on the demand market. In the wild, it grows in India and Indonesia, so it loves warmth. Ficus tineke includes pink, cream, dark green, soft pink, faint purple and other shades in its coloring. Commonly, this type of plant may be called a rubber plant or Indian rubber fig.

Care of the tineke rubber tree


The rubber tineke tree is a natural wonder that will amaze anyone who sees it. This beautiful tree comes from the tropical rain forests of South America, its scientific name is Hevea brasiliensis. The ficus likes bright but scattered sunlight. If it does not get enough light, the cream color on the leaves will fade and become pale and blurry. If you keep the plant outside, try to keep it out of direct sunlight, otherwise it can get leaf burn.


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In general, these plants prefer warm, moist conditions to thrive. However, they can also tolerate a wide range of temperatures and humidity, making them one of the most versatile plants. A temperature of 55 degrees Fahringheit is considered optimal, with no drastic variations, which ensures that the ficus has a healthy life. Humidity should be moderate, but not low. If the air in your room is dry, an automatic humidifier should be installed so that it supplies the moisture the plant needs in time.


Tineke doesn’t like a lot of water, much less sitting in a puddle. This can lead to root rot and, as a consequence, to their withering away. During the summer months, when it is especially hot, watering should be frequent, but not fanatical. Also pay special attention to the plant during the vegetation and flowering periods. In winter, it will need relative rest, in which you need to reduce watering as well.


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The plant needs feeding only during the vegetation period. In particular, it is a liquid fertilizer, which should be diluted by half, and preferably even more, so that it cannot burn your plant. The fertilizer should be applied once a month.

Soil type

The tinea rubber tree grows in tropical forests, so it is very fond of well-drained and moist soil. It is important to exclude heavy clay soils, sandy and loamy soils, because the ficus will have difficulty developing in them. The pH can be either acidic or alkaline, the Tineke will grow well in both of them.


Ficus tineke can be trimmed to control its width. If pruning is done, the tree will be slender and beautiful. Pruning will also help reduce dust collection, because the ficus will collect it, with its large and fleshy leaves.

Pests and diseases of the Ficus Tineke

Pests and diseases of the Ficus Tineke
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Ficus tineke is very susceptible to root rot, from an overabundance of water and improper watering schedules. It can also be attacked by leaf and root mealybugs, aphids, scab and spider mites. Ficus tinecke is susceptible to the fungal disease anthracnose, which can be treated with insecticidal soaps and special sprays.

Where should I place my Ficus Tineke?

Consider placing your plant near an east-facing window, where it will receieve soft morning sunlight. Offsetting it from a south or west-facing window is also usually a good idea, as the harsh midday rays can be too much for the plant. If you can not place in a place where there is less sun activity, then put a special glass window with a reducing effect. This will help reduce the damaging effects of the sun on the delicate leaves.

Why is my Ficus Tineke turning pink?

Why is my Ficus Tineke turning pink?
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If your Ficus Tineke leaves are turning pink, it’s probably because they’re not getting enough light. Move the plant to a brighter location and make sure it gets at least six hours of indirect sunlight each day. If the problem persists, you may need to increase the amount of fertilizer you give the plant.

How fast does Ficus Tineke grow?

‘Tineke’ Ficus elastica grows relatively quickly, averaging 24 inches (60 cm) per year. When raised indoors, a ‘Tineke’ Ficus will reach full size at 2 to 8 feet (0.6-2.4 m), depending on pot size and conditions inside the home. A healthy Tineke should produce new leaves every four weeks or so.

How do I know if my rubber plant needs water?

Your rubber plant needs water when the top few inches of soil are dry to the touch. If you see the leaves drooping, that means it’s time to give your plant some H2O.

How do I make my rubber plant grow more leaves?

How do I make my rubber plant grow more leaves?
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To make your rubber plant grow more leaves, you need to fertilize it regularly. Use a balanced fertilizer that’s formulated for houseplants, and apply it according to the package directions. You should also make sure your plant is getting enough light – but not too much, as this can cause the leaves to turn yellow.

How long do rubber plants live?

With proper care, the rubber tree houseplant can live for 10 years or more with proper care.

What are the benefits of tineke rubber trees?

There are many benefits to tineke rubber trees. They can help purify the air and they are also known for their ability to help relieve stress. In addition, tineke rubber trees can also help improve your focus and concentration.

What does a tineke rubber tree smell like?

What does a tineke rubber tree smell like?
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The tineke rubber tree has a distinct, strong smell that some people find pleasant and others find to be overpowering.

Is the tineke rubber tree poisonous?

Yes, ficus is considered poisonous. If you swallow its sap, it can cause gastrointestinal distress, so try to keep your pets and children away from the plant.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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