Ficus elastica - Plant

Ficus 
Ficus elastica

A very striking plant!

This variety of fig tree is a lovely variegated plant with large, leathery, glossy leaves showing white and green with grey markings. Stand this sturdy plant in a spot away from the window in the living room. Especially not in the heat of the midday sun. Care is similar to that of a weeping fig (Ficus benjamina).
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  • Planting
  • You have several options upon receipt of your fig tree (Ficus elastica 'Tineke'):
    • Layer an attractive planter with holes in the bottom with potsherds or some hydropellets. Stand the plant, pot and all in this planter and water immediately.
    • Pot up into an attractive planter. If it has holes, make sure there's a saucer underneath and cover the holes with potsherds or hydropellets before filling up with potting compost. Be sure that the root ball is at the correct depth before pressing firmly in. Water directly.
    • Leave the plant in its nursery pot and stand it on a saucer.
    Always water immediately after planting and do not allow the plant to stand in drainage water for longer than 24 hours.
    Stand this plant out of the midday sun in the living room and do not allow the pot to dry out.
     
    The best spot for your large houseplant
    Your fig tree (Ficus elastica 'Tineke') will look its best:
    • In a sunny spot that is fairly well protected from midday sun. Morning and evening sun is fine but we find that best spot is about 3 meters from a window. 6 meters is also not a problem really, as this plant can tolerate a little shade.
    • In a warm spot with temperatures between 18 and 23°C - underfloor heating will certainly be appreciated - right next to a radiator or other method of central heating is not recommended. The warm and dry air created by our central heating systems will dry the plant out faster and it is then likely that the leaves will turn brown. Although less sensitive than others to our dry indoor climates, it is best to give this plant as much help as possible to feel at home.
     
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  • Care
  • Water your fig tree (Ficus elastica 'Tineke') regularly - twice weekly in the summer, once weekly in the winter - keeping soil around the root ball constantly moist. Do not allow the plant to stand in the water that drains off for very long. Feed regularly during the growth period (once fortnightly with fertiliser for leafy plants).
    This fig tree is not so sensitive to dry indoor air as others.
    This plant can be pruned - remove bare twigs and branches. As long as it's in the right spot, this plant is sure to renew its leaves and branches.
     
    Extra tips
    This fig tree (Ficus elastica 'Tineke') will really appreciate being stood outdoors on a rainy, not too cold, day. It will noticeably perk up!
    This plant loses its lower leaves naturally so if you see some of them turning yellow don't worry. As long as new leaves form, things are fine. Look after it well and your fig tree will stay looking healthy and keep growing.
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  • Specifics
  • Ficus elastica 'Tineke' is a sturdy, easily grown houseplant, also well-known as a Fig tree.
    This particular fig originated in the tropical rain forests of SE Asia and Australia where they grow into huge trees, metres high. In the tropics they can be seen lining the roadsides and in public parks. Ficus elastica 'Tineke' makes a popular houseplant in temperate climes where it can grow as much as three metres. Pruning is possible of course.
    The ficus is classified in the Moraceae family of plants.
     
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Ficus  
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee
    Color Green
    Light preference full sun ,  partial sun
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height85 - 100 cm
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