Pink Polka Dot Plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya

$36.00
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Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Grower
Ceramic
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  • Pet Warning:Toxic To Ingest

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

  • Overall Size: 4" to 5" W 5" to 6" H

Polka dot plants make a wonderful indoor plant but you can also grow them as annuals in temperate to warm zones. Their foliage is an attractive mix of brightly colored perennial flowers and grows into an attractive mound. This adorable plant offers amazing contrast to other plants in your Green Space. A native to South Africa, East Asia, and Madagascar, the Hypoestes phyllostachya or Polka Dot Plant grows to approx. 2 feet tall and wide.

Plant - Pink Polka Dot Plant
Plant - Pink Polka Dot Plant

About Pink Polka Dot Plant

The Polka-Dot plant is like that yellow polka dot bikini that gets so much attention. We love it too! Give yourself a wink as you add them to the indoor plant repertoire. Or tuck them in as annuals in a shade garden to brighten the shadows. They add pizazz in outdoor containers filled with all manner of flowering plants for an additional attractive foliage bonus.

Care Level: Plays Hard to Get

Some thoughtful care required

Pet Friendly: Warning

Safe for pets.

Origins

Native to South Africa, Madagascar, and south east Asia

Fun Facts

Many people use their polka dot plants in a grouping of plants for indoor planters.

Plant - Pink Polka Dot Plant

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for space with a range of low to high indirect light
  • Great for space with room for a grouping of plants
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light

Hypoestes phyllostachya Care Guide

  • Medium

    Enjoys bright indirect light.

  • Medium

    Water well when received, then allow the soil to dry out between waterings. They enjoy being moist, but not wet.

  • Medium

    Prefers humidity. Use a water tray for bottom-up watering, this will provide necessary humidity & avoid direct contact between water and leaves.

  • 65 to 75

    Keep this plant in rooms where the temperature is a comfortable 65°F-75°F and avoid cold drafts or air vents below 60°F. Boost the humidity level around this plant too.

  • 10|11|12

    Outside: Keep it in dappled shade (early morning sun) to full shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn where nights are above 55°F.

  • Monthly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month during the growing season.  

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Polka Dot Plant, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months. 

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot. 

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a well-draining cacti and succulent potting mix with perlite to help with drainage. 

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add cacti and succulent soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen. 

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, loosen the roots to alleviate continued encircling. 

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over. 

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil. 

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    To keep the plant full and bushy:

    Pinch back new growth so branching will occur.

    Take 4 inch long cuttings to propagate.

    Remove any discolored leaves from the branches or soil.

    Replenish soil if needed.

    Turn the plant quarter turn each time you water, so it gets plenty of light on each side of the plant to maintain its colorful leaves.

  • Cuttings

    Take a stem cutting with sanitized pruners,  4-6 inches long with leaves attached. 

    Trim off the bottom leaves on the stem.

    Use a pot with drainage and place the stem 1-2 inches down into the  damp, well-draining, moist potting soil mix and tamp down around the stem securing it. 

    Place a clear plastic bag over the cutting to mimic a greenhouse and mist the bag. Set it in bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. 

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish. 

    After 1-2 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are secure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Remove the plastic bag but maintain adequate humidity around the new plant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    Prune from the top of the plant to encourage more branching.

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