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It is a species of flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae, native to South Africa, Madagascar, and Southeast Asia. Growing to 30 cm (12 in) tall and broad. Those evergreen babies have tons of personality, with leaves heavily spotted red or white. It may produce small, solitary pink/purple flowers at the nodes that resemble honeysuckle. The small flowers form on the cob at the end of the stems and are pink/purple. The fruit is a many-seeded dehiscent capsule.

-Location:


A warm windowsill. It needs a couple of hours of bright light a day. West facing rather than South, as Hypoestes prefers indirect light. It needs a couple of hours to keep the colours vibrant!

-Temperature
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Temperatures of around 18-20C are ideal. Perfect for indoors all year long.

-Watering:


The polka dot plant prefers constantly moist but not soggy soil.  Slightly reduce watering in the winter and resume your routine once growth picks up again in the spring. She is a drama queen! If you see the plant looking sad, it needs water. A little while later, she will be happy again

-Toxic to pets:


Hypoestes is toxic for pets.

-Soil:

An all-purpose organic potting mix is typically suitable for these plants.

-Fertilizer:

Feed container plants with an organic fertilizer designed for houseplants once a month during the warm growing season. 

-Pruning:

Polka dot plants tend to get leggy. If you want the plant from developing long, lanky branches, you would need a pair of clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to keep.

Actively trimming can help the plant to grow healthier and more vigorously.

Pinch off these flower spikes to keep the plant’s energy focused on growing its vibrant foliage.  It's best to clip them when they start appearing to extend the growing season of your polka dot plant.

Hypoestes Phyllostachya / the Polka Dot Plant. Small plant

£12.00Price
  • Hypoestes Phyllostachys, also known as the polka dot plant flamingo plant, freckle face, freckle plant, and measles plant. This eye-catching little plant stands out against most other foliage. Popular in the ’80s, it looks is coming back!

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