Pot size: 6cm
A ficus elastica or rubber tree plant, originated from India and Malaysia was once grown for the rubber produced from its sap.
Rubber tree plants do best in medium to bright indirect light. The solid green and dark burgundy varieties can adapt to less light, but the stems may be weak and the leaves small. Tineke has white areas on the leaves so it needs a bit more light.
These plants are a little difficult to water. Allow the top 25-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. Keep the soil drier when your plant is in lower light or the room temperature is cooler. The leaves turn yellow from under-water and perfectly fine leaves may fall off from over-watering.
Rubber tree plants do not need much fertilizer. Feed monthly when the plant is actively growing with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/2 the recommended strength.
Indoors they do well in warm temperatures between 21-27°C with a night-time temperature around 18°C. Keep a Rubber Tree plant away from cold drafts, air conditioners, heaters, and fireplaces.
Use a well-aerated houseplant soil that retains moisture but still drains quickly.
Rubber tree plants like to be root-bound in small pots so don't rush to move them to larger containers as they don't like it. Be sure any pot you use has drip holes in the bottom.