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Pink Polka Dot Plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya

$43.00
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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:Plays Hard to Get

  • Approximate 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 an 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 approximately 2 feet tall and wide.

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Pink Polka Dot Plant Care Guide & Presentation

Pink Polka Dot Plant

Pink Polka Dot Plant: Overview

The Pink Polka Dot Plant, scientifically known as Hypoestes phyllostachya, is a vibrant and eye-catching foliage plant celebrated for its distinctively dotted leaves. Belonging to the Acanthaceae family, Polka Dot plants are native to Madagascar and thrive in warm, tropical climates (plant zones 9-11).

The Pink Polka Dot plant is known for its colorful foliage. It is favored for its ornamental value and is often cultivated for indoor decoration. 

Its moderate care needs make it a popular choice for both beginner and experienced plant enthusiasts. It’s also non-toxic to pets, making it a safe addition to homes with furry companions. 

There are a variety of  Hypoestes phyllostachya plants, including Camina (dark green leaves with carmine red splashes), Confetti Blush (olive-green pointed leaves with white veins), and the Tricolor Hypoestes plant, known for its striking tri-colored leaves. 

Pink Polka Dot Plant: Alternative Names

The Hypoestes plant goes by several delightful alternative names:

  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Measles Plant
  • Freckle Face
  • Splash Plant 

Polka Dot Plant Care Guide

The Polka Dot Plant, with its colorful foliage, is relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts. Let’s look at what you need to do to care for your Polka Dot houseplant.

Watering, Repotting, and Soil

Ensure the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged by watering when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

When repotting, choose a container slightly larger than the current one and refresh the soil to provide fresh nutrients. Use well-draining soil to prevent water stagnation, which can lead to root rot. 

Light and Temperature

Provide bright, indirect light for your Pink Polka Dot plant to thrive. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the delicate leaves. Maintain a moderate room temperature between 65-75°F (18-24°C), avoiding extreme fluctuations. 

Humidity and Environment

Polka Dot plants prefer high humidity levels like their native tropical habitat. Increase humidity by misting the plant regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. Shield the plant from drafts and maintain a stable environment to prevent stress. 

Feeding and Fertilizing

During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your Polka Dot plant a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength every 2-4 weeks. When growth slows down in fall and winter, reduce fertilization frequency. 

Pruning, Propagation, and Maintenance

Regular pruning helps maintain the plant’s compact shape and encourages new growth. Trim leggy stems and promptly remove any yellowing or damaged leaves to maintain the plant’s health and appearance. 

Propagation is relatively easy and can be done through stem cuttings. Simply snip a healthy stem just below a leaf node and place it in a jar of water. Once roots develop, transplant the cutting into a small pot with well-draining soil. 

Keep the plant clean by wiping the leaves gently with a damp cloth or sponge to remove dust and debris. This improves the plant’s appearance and ensures optimal photosynthesis and overall health. 

Regular cleaning also helps prevent pest infestations and diseases. Should you notice any, address the issue promptly. 

Pink Polka Dot Plant: Placement, Companion & Alternative Plants

Create a harmonious atmosphere with your Pink Polka Dot plant by selecting the perfect spot to display its vibrant foliage. Enhance its beauty by choosing suitable companion plants to complement its colors and growth habits. 

Best Locations & Uses

  • Adorn your windowsills or shelves with the Pink Polka Dot plant to add color and vibrancy to any room.
  • Create eye-catching terrarium displays by incorporating the Pink Polka Dot plant and other small, decorative plants.
  • Perfect for plant enthusiasts with pets, the Pink Polka Dot plant is non-toxic to cats and dogs.
  • It is ideal for experienced indoor gardeners seeking a unique and visually appealing addition to their plant collection.
  • Enhance office spaces or work desks with the Pink Polka Dot plant to introduce a touch of nature and liveliness to the environment. 

Companion Plants

Looking to complement your Pink Polka Dot plant with some equally charming companions? Consider these delightful options:

  • Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides): Known for its unique pancake-shaped leaves, the Chinese Money Plant's minimalist aesthetic adds a contemporary flair to any indoor setting. 
  • Areca Palm Indoor Tree (Dypsis lutescens): With its soft, delicate textured arching fronds, the Areca Palm is a great indoor house plant that also grows well in the garden in warmer zones of the country. Place it where there is headroom to grow, like in a foyer stairwell, outside porch, or patio area. 
  • Calathea Medallion (Calathea roseopicta 'Medallion'): Featuring intricately patterned foliage with hues of green and purple, the Calathea Medallion or Peacock Plant complements the Pink Polka Dot plant beautifully, adding an elegant touch to any indoor space. 

Alternative Plants

Looking for alternatives to the Pink Polka Dot plant? Here are three pet-safe options available on Lively Root that share similar characteristics in appearance and care requirements. 

  • Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura): Known for its beautiful foliage with intricate patterns, the Prayer Plant offers vibrant colors and interesting leaf movements, making it an excellent substitute for the Pink Polka Dot plant.
  • Peperomia Obtusifolia (Peperomia obtusifolia): With its glossy, thick leaves and compact growth habit, the easy-going baby Rubber Plant adds a touch of lush greenery to any indoor space and provides a low-maintenance alternative to the Pink Polka Dot plant.
  • Bromeliad Neoregelia (Neoregelia Bromeliad): The Neoregelias Bromeliad is unique because it grows short and wide, making it a statement piece wherever you place it. This pet-friendly flowering houseplant showcases blue or white blooms surrounded by beautiful red or purple inner leaves.

Add a Polka Dot Plant to Your Indoor Greenery

Ready to add some vibrant charm to your indoor space? Get the intriguing Pink Polka Dot plant for your home or office today!

Customer Reviews

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Nate & Rita B.
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    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Dining Room
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 months ago
    Beautiful

    Wonderful little pink polka dot plant, got my wife for Valentine’s day and she loves it. Put in a basket from a cactus that came broken, put to good use

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    Chris
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Living Room
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    So Sweet!

    I love this precious little plant. She was a bit wilty when I got her, considering she arrived in the middle of a heat wave. Livelyroot customer service was very helpful when I messaged them, and even sent me a voucher for a new plant. Despite her looking worse for wear when I received her, I didn't give up on her care and she's had quite a glow-up in the past month!

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    Dk
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 years ago
    Pretty in Pink!

    Love my sweet petite pink polka dot gal! Still trying to figure out the proper angle of blind opening and optimal distance from the window (my apartment literally has ONE exposure, so plant placement is definitely trial-and-error for me), but so far, she seems to be doing well... and brings a smile to my face whenever I look at her. :)

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    Regina P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Sunroom
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 week ago
    PD

    I expected this plant to be bigger. I know it will grow but it was underwhelming when it arrived.

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    Janelle P G.
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    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Kitchen
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    My Pink Polka Dot!

    It arrived in pristine shape! Beautiful!

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