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.
The polka dot plant will tolerate any temperatures from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but prefers average household conditions between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilize the outdoor-grown polka dot plant once a month during the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer, such as 20-20-20. Use 1/2 teaspoon of the fertilizer, dissolved in 1 gallon of water and pour it over the soil around the polka dot plant.
The polka dot plant thrives in moist soil. Placing a layer of organic mulch, such as homemade compost, around the plant's base can help to keep the soil moist. Additionally, as the mulch breaks down it gives your polka dot plants a nutritional boost. Don't Read more
Polka dot plant (hypoestes phyllostachya) is one of those houseplants. The plant grows readily in it native habitat in Madagascar. Indoors, it doesn't grow quite as quickly, but it will thrive if given the proper care.
The answer is you should do it to make your polka dot more compact and bushy. It encourages the plant to make new branches that are strong and it makes the plant healthy and to avoid any legginess. Pruning can be done anytime of the Read more
Polka dot plants only require fertilizing after they establish a root system. If you're buying a young plant, give it a few weeks to a month to settle in the growing medium after transplanting. After the roots settle, you can feed your polka with a Read more
Polka Dot plant droops when the soil dries out and it can't get sufficient water. Make sure to water your plant abundantly. Underwatering causes drooping of the foliage. Eventually, you'll see the browning of the leaves.
Grow polka dot plant in a bright or medium-light spot. It can tolerate bright spots indoors and doesn't mind a little direct sun on its foliage. Polka dot plant tolerates low light fairly well, too, but we don't recommend growing it in low-light spots for Read more
The polka dot plant is susceptible to whiteflies, mealy bugs, and aphids. Use a solution of ½ strength soap and water to gently wipe the critters off of the leaves. If you over water the plant you may also notice some powdery mildew on the Read more
They are perennial herbaceous shrubs whose stems get woody as they age. In its native habitat, the plant can get up to 3 feet (1 m.) in height, but pot-grown specimens will usually be smaller.
The most common polka dot plants feature leaves with a pink base color and green spots. These plants are not especially difficult to grow, but because they are native to warm climates, many gardeners treat them as annuals and replace them with new plants each Read more
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Polka dot plants are easy to propagate. The freckle face plant gets small flowers and produces seeds in perfect conditions. Seeds germinate in warm, moist soils where temperatures are 70-75 F.
Like any other plant, the Polka Dot plant's leaf color is directly linked to the amount of sunlight it gets. Polka Dot plant needs bright, indirect sunlight to keep their vibrant color. Too much direct sunlight will also make the plant lose its vibrant color.
Polka dot plants are native to Madagascar and prefer a warm, humid climate, so they're only considered winter hardy in U.S. zones 10 and 11. "They are an annual and will not survive our [Northeast] winters."
Polka dot plants prefer organically rich soil with good drainage. An all-purpose organic potting mix is typically suitable for these plants. Mix in some pumice or perlite to improve soil drainage.
Squeeze a citrus rind in the direction of your plant so that the juice spritzes out. This should help to repel the ants. To make a more heavy-duty citrus repellent, boil the rinds of half a dozen oranges in water for fifteen minutes. Blend the Read more
They quickly produce roots when placed in water and they often will grow when just stuck into moist potting mix, sand or vermiculite, especially in spring and summer. Polka dot plants can also be saved over the winter by potting up plants from the garden Read more
Growing a Polka Dot Plant Polka dot plants are well suited for indoor use anywhere but you can also grow them as annuals in temperate to warm zones. The foliage is an attractive foil for brightly colored perennial flowers and produces an attractive mound.
Water polka dot plant enough to keep the soil consistently moist (but not soggy). This colorful houseplant will wilt if it dries out too much, but is quick to spring back to life when you water it again. If polka dot plant gets too tall, Read more
Polka dot plants tend to get leggy. You'll need a pair of clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to keep the plant from developing long, lanky branches. To promote a bushier growth habit, cut or pinch back the top two leaves on each stem weekly.
Growing a Polka Dot Plant Polka dot plants are easy to propagate. The freckle face plant gets small flowers and produces seeds in perfect conditions.
Polka dot plant requires rich, light, and well-draining soil to grow well. Use potting soil containing plenty of organic matter and peat moss for best results. Hypoestes plants often don't need to be repotted as they slip into dormancy shortly after flowering.
You will most often see polka dot plants being used as a bedding plant in outdoor gardens. Plant them in the spring after your last frost when temperatures have reached 70⁰F and the soil has warmed.
This colorful houseplant will wilt if it dries out too much, but is quick to spring back to life when you water it again. If polka dot plant gets too tall, you can prune it back at any time. A little haircut helps keep polka Read more
Polka dot plants are from Madagascar. They are perennial herbaceous shrubs whose stems get woody as they age. In its native habitat, the plant can get up to 3 feet (1 m.)
Polka dot plants will get leggy as they age, particularly in lower than ideal light. Regular pinching back will keep the plants more compact, but eventually houseplants will need to be replaced. Stem cuttings are easily rooted to create new plants.
Are you seeing yellow leaves on your Polka dot plant? This happens when you overwater the plant. Overwatering causes waterlogged conditions in the pot. Soggy soil causes the yellowing of the leaves, these leaves fall off eventually.
Most likely sticky leaves on indoor plants is a sign that you have an infestation of scales, tiny insects that latch onto your plant and suck out its moisture, excreting it as this sticky substance called honeydew. First, check to see if it is scale Read more
Soil. Polka dot plants prefer organically rich soil with good drainage. An all-purpose organic potting mix is typically suitable for these plants. Mix in some pumice or perlite to improve soil drainage.
Polka dot plant produces small, insignificant, purple flowers. These tiny lavender-colored flowers are actually a sign of the beginning of the end for Hypoestes plants. After the flowering, the plant usually goes dormant or dies, which is a major drawback of these lovely plants.
Hypoestes phyllostachya, commonly called polka dot plant, is native to Madagascar. It is a herbaceous perennial or occasional subshrub that is noted for its ovate green leaves (to 2” long) which are spotted with rose, pink or lavender.
PESTS: The colorful leaves of a Polka Dot may attract whiteflies, Aphids, and Mealy Bugs; use the green solution at ½ strength to get rid of these infestations. Over watering causes powdery mildew.
Have you been seeing little bugs fluttering up from your houseplants' pots whenever you water? Known as fungus gnats, they're actually tiny flies, about 1/8-inch long, that are drawn to moist potting soil and decaying leaves on the surface of the soil around your plants.
If polka dot plant gets too tall, you can prune it back at any time. A little haircut helps keep polka dot plant a small and bushy houseplant. Like many houseplants, polka dot plant also does well outdoors in shady spots in garden beds, borders, Read more
They have dark green upper surfaces that are usually covered with numerous pink or lilac spots or blotches. Their undersides are paler green and both surfaces are sparsely hairy (i.e. puberulent)."
Polka dot plants are from Madagascar. They are perennial herbaceous shrubs whose stems get woody as they age. The foliage is the main reason to grow this plant. The leaves are dotted with darker spots in green and a base color of pink.
Overwatering causes waterlogged conditions in the pot. Soggy soil causes the yellowing of the leaves, these leaves fall off eventually. Overwatering is bad not only because it causes yellowing of the leaves, but also as it may lead to other severe problems like root rot Read more
Common Pests of Polka Dot Plants The most common pest you'll find when battling insect infestations are aphids, whiteflies, scale, and mealy bugs. Holes in leaves are caused by insects munching on them. Discolored leaves are often a sign of insects attacking a plant.