Hypoestes Polka Dot Plant
Hypoestes Polka Dot Plant
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Hypoestes Polka Dot Plant

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Hypoestes phyllostachya (Polka Dot Plant)

This bushy plant grows quickly with good light. Pinch back growing tips often to encourage branching and to keep the plant compact.

Height: Keep to about 10 in by pinching off.

Light: Polka Dot Plant will lose its variegation in low light. Give your plant plenty of bright, indirect light for sensational color. Protect plants from direct sun to prevent scorching leaves.

Water: Keep soil evenly moist spring through fall and slightly drier in winter.

Humidity: This tropical native wants higher humidity than most homes provide. Try to maintain 50% relative humidity around the plant. This is easier than it seems. Use a cool-mist room humidifier or humidity tray. Check out these easy ways to raise the humidity for your houseplants.

Soil: Peat moss based potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid or water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half.