How to Care for your Indoor Rubber Plant During Winter?

Being one of the low-maintenance, attractive, and beautiful plants, rubber plants are the perfect plants to compliment your aesthetics. My living space is filled with rubber plants.

During the winter, you need to give some of your attention to your favorite indoor plant!

To care for the rubber plants during winter, provide enough light, 6 to 8 hours daily. Also, maintain the temperature and humidity so the plant doesn’t stress itself out. 

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You need to know what your plant is asking for.

Your rubber plant is basically in the dormant stage during the winter, and you need to watch them closely.

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Healthy Rubber Plant in Winter (Source: Unsplash)

Read on to find more about what to do and what not to to keep your rubber plant healthy and happy during the winter.

Does an Indoor Rubber Plant Need a Lot of Looking After During Winters?

Rubber plants love light and warmth. So, they grow faster and healthier during spring and summer. But, asks for a little more attention during winters.

Rubber plants need a bit of extra care during the winters.

The plant may suffer from some problems like wilting, discoloring, and yellowing of leaves during winter.

Therefore, it is always best to look after your rubber plant during the cold.

You need to check on light, temperature, humidity, watering, and cleaning the leaves during the winter. 

Winter is the time to pay your plant for making your living space aesthetic!

Tips for Indoor Rubber Plant Care During Winters

With the temperature lowering, you need to increase your attention towards your rubber plants. During the winter, the plant needs a bit more care.

Rubber plants are not so good tolerant of cold, so you need to take care of the following things during winter:

1. Appropriate Sunlight

Sunlight plays a crucial role in the growth of rubber plants. During the summer, it receives a good amount of indirect sunlight.

You can keep the rubber plant near a window that allows it to receive 6 to 9 hours of sunlight daily.

However, during the winter, the sun time is short. Therefore, even placing the plant in the same spot may not work. The plant receives low light for few hours and may not grow quite well.

Stunted growth is a common problem. In addition, the root may rot, and the plant becomes vulnerable to pests.

Furthermore, during winters, the intensity of sunlight also decreases. So, to solve the problem, you may want to replace the plant.

You can pick a spot that receives a bit more sunlight than its previous one. For example, a window that lets east or west sunlight reach the plant is best.

Morning sunlight is best for your rubber plant during winter. Also, you can provide artificial light.

2. Balanced Watering

During the winter, the water requirement is comparatively low than that of summer. Rubber plant needs water just twice during the summer.

Even better, you can water once a week during winter. However, you may sometimes overwater or underwater the plant.

During the winter, the temperature is low, so the soil remains wet and moist for longer than in summer. Also, during the cold, do not use cold water. It may shock your rubber plant. 

Furthermore, how often you water depends on the temperature, and the volume depends on the size of the pot.

You may notice the top 2 inches of soil is dry. If so, water the plant till water runs out from the drain holes.

Knowing what is happening to your plant is very important. For example, droopy leaves indicate low watering, and yellowing of leaves indicates overwatering.

If your rubber plant’s lower leaves are turning brown or yellow, you are overwatering them.

Overwatering can rot the roots as well and leaves the plant vulnerable to pests.

The cold and low temperature does not help the water evaporate fast. So, water according to the plants need and provide enough light.

Solutions for Overwatered Rubber Plant

  • Check for drainage holes. Remove any clogs so that the water runs.
  • Do not water again if the top 2 inches of soil is not dry.
  • If the roots are rotting, repot the rubber plant by removing the rotten roots.
  • Use proper draining soil to repot like Miracle-Gro.

It’s winter, and you know your rubber plant requires less water. However, watering it should be regular, once a week. You may sometimes, underwater the plant too.

The leaves will start to become dry if you skip the watering schedule. However, if you hydrate the plant even after a long gap, it tries to forgive you!

Make sure the water drains through the draining hole while watering. All the roots must receive enough water.

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Watering Rubber Plant (Photo: Unsplash)

3. Humidity Requirement

Rubber plant loves good humidity of between 30% to 50%. It receives enough sunlight, water, fertilizer, and good humidity during the summer, so it grows well.

But, during the winter, the amount of light it receives decreases. The temperature also drops. The cold and cold breeze both affect the humidity. 

Cozy areas such as bathrooms offer better humidity. So you can place the rubber plant near the bathroom if the plan is affected by low humidity. 

Solutions for Low Humidity Affecting your Rubber Plant

  • Place the plants in groups.
  • You can use a humidifier.
  • Mist your plant’s leaves often.
  • Place the plant in cozy areas like near bathrooms.
  • Avoid the areas with low humidity, like space near heat radiators.

4. Appropriate Indoor Temperature

Rubber plants are warmth-loving plants. They grow healthy, tall, and darker during the warmth of summer. 

But, during the winter, they require appropriate indoor temperatures. 

Rubber plants require 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. So, a temperature between 65 to 75 degrees is optimum for your rubber plants.

During the winter, as the temperature drops, the leaves may wilt. 

So, during the cold, you need to try maintaining the optimum temperature for the rubber plant. Maintaining a stable temperature helps the most.

You need to remove your plant from the window as the cold air blows. The plant’s foliage is sensitive so that the cold drafts can damage them.

Keep the plant away from fire spaces in a warm environment.

5. No Fertilizing

Rubber plants do not grow well in winters. So, you do not need to fertilize the plant during cold. Instead, spring and summer are the preferred seasons for fertilizing rubber plants.

If you fertilize the plant during winter, you potentially harm it instead of feeding them for growth. 

When the plant is growing tall and well, it needs feeding.

But when the plant is in the dormant phase, the fertilizer can buildup salt and harm the roots. You can fertilize your rubber plant once the winter ends.

Sometimes you may already fertilize them. In such a case of overfertilization, try running water through the roots and draining holes to wash away excess fertilizer.

If it does not work, you need to re-pot the rubber plant.

6. Control Pests

Spider mites and scales are the greatest enemies of rubber plants during the winter. 

During the cold, it’s common we may overwater or underwater the plant. This is because you can hydrate the plant later without much harm if it’s the case of underwatering.

However, overwatering, on the other hand, can lead to problems for the plant. The roots are prone to rotting, and this attracts pests.

Lack of light and dusty leaves can also attract mites. 

Tips for Taking Care of Rubber Plants from Pests

  • Do not overwater your rubber plant
  • Place the plant in a spot where it receives enough sunlight
  • Mist the leaves with warm water often
  • If you see mites, use soap and warm water to mist the leaves
  • Use neem oil with water while misting your rubber plant
  • Check the plant often

7. No Propagation During Winter

The rubber plant’s growing season is summer. So, the propagation should be done during the summers only. 

During summer, the plant can propagate even in water because it receives all the light it wants.

Want to know how to root a rubber plant in water? We’ve got the easy way for that!

During the winter, the propagated plant cannot receive the required light, temperature, and humidity. Therefore, there is a good chance your propagation may fail.

Winter propagation will stress the plant and wilt them. So, it is best to plan the propagation in winter and do it in summer.

So, let’s give the new life only in summer!

8. Cleaning the Leaves

Rubber plants require regular cleaning like watering. So, you need to wipe the dust off their leaves to make them shiny and bright.

With a lack of enough light during the winter, the leaves may grow dusty and require your constant care.

The leaves, when clean, look healthy and beautiful in your living space.

Also, cleaning the leaves will ensure the healthy growth of the plant. In addition, it reduces the chances of being affected by pests.

Misting the leaves can help with the humidity too.

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Misted Rubber Plant leaves (Source: Unsplash)

Conclusion

Rubber plants need a bit of extra care and attention during the winter season. The plant is basically in the dormant phase and needs to be taken care of.

Improving the light and temperature needs to be taken special care of.

The plant’s growth is slow, so stressing the plant with overwatering, underwatering, fertilizers, propagation, and repotting is not good for the plant.

Proper watering and misting help the plant remain healthy. Propagation and repotting are recommended in the growing season only.

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