Plant Care Variegated Rubber Tree

Variegated Rubber Tree

4.8 out of 5 (10 experiences)

Variegated Rubber Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Variegated Rubber Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Ficus Tineke, rubber plant and 'Ruby' Rubber Tree

Taxonomy

Ficus elastica 'Tineke'
Ficus
Moraceae
Rosales

How to care for Variegated Rubber Tree

Water

How often to water your Variegated Rubber Tree

Water needs for Variegated Rubber Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Variegated Rubber Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Variegated Rubber Tree

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Variegated Rubber Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Variegated Rubber Tree: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Variegated Rubber Tree may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Variegated Rubber Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Variegated Rubber Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Variegated Rubber Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Variegated Rubber Tree

Variegated Rubber Tree

Variegated Rubber Tree


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Variegated Rubber Tree has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Variegated Rubber Tree has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Variegated Rubber Tree has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Variegated Rubber Tree has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Variegated Rubber Tree has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Dannielle avatar
@Dannielle
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 332 XP
globe Harpenden, England
07/20/2021

Grows tall, has gorgeous leaves, survived over & under watering and easy to maintain

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 10,784 XP
globe Austin, Texas
06/11/2021

so pretty and easy to grow as more has sun!

Fast grower Fast grower
Anah7077 avatar
@Anah7077
leaf-1 110 Plants
xp 2,228 XP
globe Corona, California
05/26/2021

I have only had my Tineke for 6-7 months, but in that time it has been a very very very slow grower. The leaves will get brown mushy spots if you overwater. Let it dry 100% and it’s otherwise easy! I’ve successfully (and quickly) water propagated two babies from small stems.

Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sharonkoernig avatar
@Sharonkoernig
leaf-1 68 Plants
xp 2,251 XP
globe Austin, Texas
03/12/2021

It wasn’t my favorite at first, but I’ve grown to love it. It’s easy to keep even when you don’t pay too much attention to it. Through my ownership of three month, it was moved from three pots and two spots on the house, but it stands unaffected. The leaves can get a little dull and needs dusting from time to time, but I don’t mind shining it.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate

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