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Polka Dot Plant

4.2 out of 5 (245 experiences)

Polka Dot Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Taxonomy

Hypoestes phyllostachya
Hypoestes
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

What other plant parents say

Polka Dot Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 133
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 99
Polka Dot Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 71
Polka Dot Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 40
Polka Dot Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 37
Polka Dot Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 33
Polka Dot Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 24
Polka Dot Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Agatha avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Terrarium by Agatha on Greg, the plant care app
05/05/2021

This isn’t a review of a polka dot plant as much as a terrarium set-up. Mine contains two polka dot plants and one nerve plant. They are small! A few penny sized leaves on tiny stems. First off, pl…

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@Gemz
Littleton, Colorado
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Courtney Love by Gemz on Greg, the plant care app
06/29/2021

My absolute favorite of my plants. It was one of the first plants I got so we had a rocky start. It had the wrong soil and got a bug infestation so I didn’t water it for a loooong time, then it survi…

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@Sarahnotsara
White Lake charter Township, Michigan
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Nymphadora by Sarahnotsara on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

This plant is a rehab from the clearance section somewhere. She’s doing well, but has dropped LOTS of leaves. Just starting to perk up again and already there are some baby leaves coming in. This pla…

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@Mccall
Salt Lake City, Utah
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Dottie by Mccall on Greg, the plant care app
07/22/2021

I wasn’t sure about this plant at first, I was worried she’d be more high maintenance then I wanted. But after I watched her get really thirsty a few times, I repotted her and moved her summer home…

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@Miriamstarr
Benton, Pennsylvania
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Lottie by Miriamstarr on Greg, the plant care app
05/28/2021

I find this plant likes water often, so it’s easy to accidentally over water, and wilts quickly with both over and under watering. It grows fast and becomes very thinned out with large leaves at the …

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@Roluet
Clinton, Maryland
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Lacy by Roluet on Greg, the plant care app
07/02/2021

I’m not having a good time with my polka dot plant. She came looking gorgeous, now I only have a third of her left. I’m trying my best to save her. Out of all my 30+ plants, she’s my trouble maker. I…

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@Cassiefinz
Florham Park, New Jersey
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Miley by Cassiefinz on Greg, the plant care app
06/15/2021

A bit of a drama queen but we love her for it. I didn’t water her for like 6 or 7 days and she dropped a ton of leaves and literally every live leave got saggy and drooped. After watering though she …

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Josie avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Dorothea by Josie on Greg, the plant care app
02/19/2021

I love how fast my little plant has grown since I first got it. My Polka-Dot Plant; however, is very dramatic and will get all droopy if it hasn’t been watered for a bit, and then as soon as I water …

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@Plantmawma
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Dottie by Plantmawma on Greg, the plant care app
07/29/2021

This plant is very easy to care for. If given the right amount of sun the leaves will provide polka dots. If not enough sun, they’ll look too green. If its getting too much sun the leaves drop. Docke…

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Nina avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Lola by Nina on Greg, the plant care app
06/17/2021

This is a very dramatic plant😂 if you are not on top of it water it will wither so bad that you think its dead. Mine look beyond gone one morning, i watered it and within 6 hrs it looked like i had r…

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How to care for Polka Dot Plant

Water

How often to water your Polka Dot Plant

Water needs for Polka Dot Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Polka Dot Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Polka Dot Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Polka Dot Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Polka Dot Plant: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Polka Dot Plant may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Polka Dot Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Polka Dot Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Polka Dot Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Polka Dot Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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