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Polka Dot Plant- Hypoestes phyllostachya

Speckled with variegated colours and intricate patterns, no wonder why this plant is called the Polka Dot or Freckle face plant. Displaying striking colours of pink, purple and white as its leaf base with dark green spots dotting each leaf, the Polka Dot plant is easy to care for but truly has one of a kind foliage that will brighten up any space in your home.

Green leaf with variegation of bright pink spots

General Care

Sunlight

Bright indirect light. ​​Avoid direct sunlight for leaves to burn.

Water

Regularly water, allow for soil to dry completely between waterings.

Humidity

Medium to higher humidity levels. Mist your Polka Dot plants often to keep it happy and healthy.

Soil

Use high quality potting mix. Mix in some pumice or perlite to improve soil drainage.

Foliage of a pink and green Polka Dot Plant.

Common Problems

Polka dot plants don’t experience very many problems with diseases and pests. Overwatering is the most common mistake when caring for Polka Dot plants. If pests are found, simply spray with organic pesticide like neem oil.

Symptom

Light green leaves, fading variegation

Cause

Inadequate sunlight

Symptom

Wilting or brown leaf tips 

Cause

Under-watered

Precautions

Polka dot plants are non-toxic for pets and humans.
They bloom sporadically, typically during the summer, with small lilac or pink-coloured flowers on spikes. Pinch off these flower spikes to keep the plant’s energy focused on growing its vibrant foliage otherwise it can become dormant or die. 

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