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Accent Your Home with Polka Dot Plant 

 

When I give my garden talk on decorating your home with houseplants, polka dot plant (hypoestes phyllostachya) is one of my favorite examples. Dotted with what looks like polka dots, the foliage of this plant resembles a festive curtain or upholstery print. 

 

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(Healthy Houseplants.com)

 

Add to the polka dots on the plant the fact that this species comes in several striking color combinations. You can find this fun houseplant in pink and white, green and white and pink and green. 

 

Use pink polka dot plant to play up the colors and design patterns of your indoor furnishings. Or add the plant to an indoor terrarium or fairy garden. Wherever you put polka dot plant, you’re sure to light up that area of your indoors. 

 

Polka dot plant is native to Madagascar, where it grows quickly. The plant thrives in the warm environment of many homes. Keep these growing tips in mind.

 

Provide polka dot plant with good indoor lighting 

 

Bright, indirect light is what pink polka dot plant requires. This will keep the plant from becoming leggy. Good light will also help the plant maintain its vibrant color tones. 

 

Place polka dot plant two feet from an unobstructed eastern or southern window. The plant also grows well under full-spectrum lighting. Place the plant within 4 to 6 inches of artificial lighting.

 

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(Healthy Houseplants.com)

 

Plant polka dot plant in well-draining, rich soil 

 

To grow well, polka dot plant requires even moisture. However, you want the soil to drain well. Use a high-quality, organic potting soil that contains a draining agent, such as pumice or perlite. 

 

Water polka dot plant regularly 

 

Polka dot plant doesn’t appreciate drying out. If you drought the plant, water it immediately with warm water. You may have some leaf loss. At the same time, be sure not to keep the soil soaking wet, as the plant will also succumb to root rot. This is more of a problem in humid climates. Also remember that the smaller the container polka dot plant is in, the more quickly it will dry out. 

 

Fertilize polka dot plant monthly 

 

Polka dot plant likes a fertile soil. Once a month, feed the plant with a high-quality organic fertilizer designed for houseplants.

 

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(Healthy Houseplants.com)

 

Provide moderate temperature and high humidity 

 

Polka dot plant requires relatively humid conditions and temperatures of 75 to 80 degrees. Grow the plant in a warm location and raise the surrounding humidity. Do this by creating a humidity tray. Check out this Healthy Houseplant's video to see how.

 

Misting a few times a day also works well. And grouping plants raises humidity. Plants transpire, which refers to cycling moisture from their leaves. This humidifies the air around them, including other plants.

  

Pinch polka dot plant back weekly

 

Polka dot plant can become leggy fast. Prevent this from occurring by pinching back the leaf tips on a weekly basis. This will cause the plant to branch out and become bushy rather than long and lanky. Pinching also prolongs the life of the plant.

 

 

 

                     

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