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Polka Dot Plant

 Polka Dot Plant

 

Common Name(s)

Polka Dot Plant

Latin Name

Hypoestes phyllostachya

Care Level

Perfect For Beginners

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Light

A polka dot plant grows best in bright indirect light. Too much light or too little light causes the colors in the leaves of this plant to fade.

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Water

Water well and then allow the top two inches of the soil to dry out before watering again. If the leaves droop dramatically, they quickly perk up after a little water.

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Humidity

High humidity is preferred, these plants love terrariums.

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Temperature

Polka dot plants prefer warm temperatures around 23°C

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Fertiliser

Feed monthly from March to October with a balanced fertiliser.

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Toxicity

This is a non-poisonous houseplant.

The leaves on my plant are droopy, but I've checked the soil and it's moist.

It sounds like you have over- watered your polka dot plant, and the plant has developed root rot. You can try cutting the plant all the way back, placing the plant in bright, indirect light, and letting the soil dry out thoroughly; a few roots may still be alive.

The leaves on my plant are not as brightly coloured as the old leaves, what can I do?

Your polka dot plant is getting too much light and it’s causing the leaf colour to fade. Move the plant to an area with less light and the new leaves should grow in brightly coloured.

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