The Ficus Teneke is a new varigated form of the Rubber Tree that is rewarding to grow and beautiful when mature. It thrives in areas with full sun to partial shade so can fit into any room in the house and will move and grow with you. When growing a Rubber Plant indoors, avoid drafts near large windows or doors.
A little neglect, easy on the watering and regularly repotting will ensure your plant grows strong.
Our tip is to train your rubber plant to be tall and leggy; its unusual shape is beautiful and casts wonderful shadows in summer.
Our top tips:
- Pot in a rich fast draining soil with drainage holes at the bottom.
- Water when the top 1" of soil has dried out, drench until water comes out of the bottom then leave to dry again.
- Regularly dust with a damp cloth.
- Mist the foliage occasionally using rainwater in a spray bottle to mimic the plants humid natural environment.
- Standard liquid fertilizer can be applied once a month during spring and summer.
- Check foliage for common pests such as aphids and spider mites. Many pests can be removed simply by spraying the plant with strong stream of water. You can also wash the leaves with insecticidal soap.
- Repot every year during Spring. Check the bottom of the pot to see if the roots are growing out of the drainage holes or growing in a dense circle.
- Direct light will hurt the leaves and then will curl as a way of asking for your help. Move the plant a little away from there window and they will spring open again.