Hypoestes Phyllostachya Polka dot Plant, Pink – 8.5cm

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Hypoestes phyllostachya also known as Polka dot plants originate from Madagascar. They are perennial herbaceous shrubs whose stems get woody as they age and come in a host of colours, this one being a green base leaf with beautifully mottled splashes of colour in Pink. This plant can reach heights of up to 3 feet (.9 m.).

Not toxic to animals or humans.

Is not sold with ceramic pot shown in picture.

*Please note* Plants may have been watered before shipping, do not water upon arrival unless they are dry.

Light

Part sun, part shade (indirect light) – Plants with this requirement are easy to find a perfect spot for. West- or East-facing windows are great for these or even a spot further away from a very sunny
window.

Top Tip – Plants tend to grow towards the light – rotate your plant every time you water it to make them grow evenly.

 

Watering 
High Demand – Before you water always feel the soil. The soil should always be moist as this plant loves water and does not like to dry out. However, they love the perfect balance between wet and
dry so if you squeeze the soil and water weeps out, then it is too wet to water again. If the plant gets too much water, it is at risk of rot.

Water type unsensitive – Normal tap water is fine for this plant.

 

Temperature

These are the recommended temperatures for your plant to thrive, making it happy and healthy: 18°C-25°C

 

Fertilizing

Growth period – The growth period for this plant is spring/summer.

In optimal conditions, it should be fertilised during the growth period because this will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth. You can use a diluted liquid fertiliser or sprinkle a solid fertiliser (Silver Soil Booster) on top of the soil. Always follow the product instructions.

Resting period – The growth period for this plant is autumn/winter.

Only fertilise this plant in its resting period  if it is actively growing (putting out new leaves) and use a weak fertiliser at half the recommended dose. Most plants will go dormant in and stop growing so will not need fertilisation. If you were to fertilise a dormant plant it won’t absorb the nutrients which will stay in the soil and can cause chemical burn to the plant. 

 

Humidity

Normal humidity – This plant is okay with normal humidity. If you find your house is really dry you can increase humidity by using pebble trays under your pots, by grouping plants close together, by
misting in the morning and of course using a humidifier.

 

Soil
Standard houseplant mix – You want the soil to be moist but well-draining. Try 2 parts coco coir or potting mix and 1-part perlite. If the plant is drying out to quickly in your environment, then use less
perlite. Conversely if the soil is staying too soggy add more perlite.

 

Toxicity

Non toxic.

 

As with any plant, do not repot within 1-2 weeks of receiving as you need your plant to acclimatise to your house and recover from the stress of shipping.

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