Hypoestes (Polka Dot Plant) Light Pink

Hypoestes (Polka Dot Plant) Light Pink

SKU: IFH08201464-LIGHT

Splattered leaves make Polka Dot Plant an unusual and attractive house plant. Many are pink, however newer hybrids are available with red or white spotted leaves. This bushy plant grows quickly with good light. Pinch back growing tips often to encourage branching and to keep the plant compact.Insignificant purple flower spikes may appear. Pinch them off because they detract from the foliage and can cause the plant to deteriorate after blooming.

Origin: Madagascar

Height: Keep to about 10 in (25 cm) 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.

Temperature: Average to warm 65-80°F/18-27°C

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.

Propagation: Grows easily from seeds. Take stem cuttings in spring and early summer.