Ficus of the rubber

Name: Ficus elastica Tineke
Family: Moraceae
Country of origin: Asia
Diameter of the vase: cm
Height: cm
History and curiosity: it is also called "rubber plant" because from its leaves a white latex is extracted used for the production of the famous natural rubber.

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Ficus elastica, the fig of the rubber!!

The Ficus elastica Tineke, also known as Rubber ficus, is a perennial variety present largely in the Asian regions, where it reaches heights of up to 30 meters. In southern Italy, it is often found in gardens, while more to the north it is often cultivated in pots. The leaves of the rubber ficus, as soon as they appear, are wrapped in a sort of red sheath that then opens up, leaving room for their growth. They usually originate from multiple thin stems, and are oval in shape, very resistant and waxy.
Variety "Tineke" has variegated cream-colored leaves on the edge: a contrast of color that gives it a decidedly tropical look!
Like all ficus, it remains a very resistant plant that does not need particularly expensive treatments: during the vegetative period it is essential to regularly irrigate the ficus, about 2 times a week, without exaggerating to avoid radical rottenness due to stagnation. To recreate the natural environment as much as possible, it is recommended to vaporise the crown with demineralized water.
The rubber ficus requires a position with abundant light, avoiding direct sun, and a temperature between 15 and 25 degrees.
The ideal type of soil for this ficus is a mix of universal soil with some pieces of bark and sand, soft and well drained.
The fertilization to be carried out on this fig of the caoutchouc is to be carried out approximately every 2 weeks in the hot period, preferably with fertilizer for green plants.
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Diametro12 cm
H203/4 One day Yes and one day No
Luce3/4 half shade / little sun
CuriositàIt is also called "rubber fig" because from its leaves a white latex is extracted used for the production of the famous natural rubber.
Altezza35 cm
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Il mio fico del caucciù è arrivato velocemente e in salute, ma era tre volte più grande di quanto mi aspettassi! Era cresciuto troppo anche per il suo vaso, le radici uscivano addirittura dal terriccio superficiale. Per questo do quattro stelle e non cinque... Ho faticato a trovare un posto dove metterlo e gli ho dovuto comprare subito un nuovo vaso. È bellissimo però, e ora mi sono affezionata al mio "ficone".

Il vaso era molto bello, forse purtroppo un po’ piccolo per la pianta che conteneva già molto alta. Dovrò trapiantarla molto presto e quel vaso chiaramente sarà piccolo. È certamente il vaso perfetto per piante piccole e più stabili come delle piante grasse ad esempio.

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