Plant Care Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

4.4 out of 5 (34 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 20
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
Polka Dot Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Polka Dot Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 8
Polka Dot Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Polka Dot Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Polka Dot Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Polka Dot Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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@Josie
Bellingham, WA
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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Nerskine avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Anastasia by Nerskine on Greg, the plant care app
04/08/2021

This plant is so pretty. Make sure to pinch off the top two leaves every week to get more bushy growth and less of the leggy look. I’m going to propagate her soon to help fill her out a little more a…

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@Christin
Orlando, FL
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Mr. Pink by Christin on Greg, the plant care app
04/01/2021

I just love the colorful leaves on this plant! It can be a bit dramatic when it needs watering, but it always perks right up! Just make sure to keep it pruned so it stays full.

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@Artangel
Ontario, CA
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named kiwi by Artangel on Greg, the plant care app
02/18/2021

I have miss polka dot facing a south window, her pink leaves are still as pink as can be, and she’s growing at a steady pace :3 she’s so easy and my cat loves her too.

Kaydee0828 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Finnian by Kaydee0828 on Greg, the plant care app
04/08/2021

I received this plant as a gift, so he was already mature. This is the first time I have taken care of a plant and succeeded. I would recommend for first timers.

Hayden avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Scarlett by Hayden on Greg, the plant care app
02/20/2021

They tend to be moody and brown at the tips quite easily, but depending on your placement and how close they are to sunlight they are beautiful !!

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@Nathalie.ma…
Winchester, England
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Red by Nathalie.marie95 on Greg, the plant care app
02/15/2021

Generally soil propagation best and try to have as few leaves as possible on the cutting - otherwise it droops and can’t cope!

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@Enby
Walla Walla, WA
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Ghost by Enby on Greg, the plant care app
02/14/2021

I think I have almost killed it a few times but it’s my favorite plants so far it really pretty

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@Mejai13
Crystal, MN
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Duke by Mejai13 on Greg, the plant care app
02/14/2021

Grows fast, let’s you know when you need to water and is a beautiful plant

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 located in Jacksonville, FL.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL

72% Medium

Growing Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, FL

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

April 22nd, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Jacksonville is currently high 📈.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in det…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, FL

Sunlight intensity will increase by 30.2% ☀️

April 17th, 2021

Jacksonville is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Jacksonville is expected to increase by 30.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 19.9 megajoules of energ…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, FL

Daylight will increase by 1.6 hours 📈

April 18th, 2021

This month, Jacksonville is getting an average of 9.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 13.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 13.2 total hours o…

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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..️

Jacksonville, FL currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.

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.

When to repot Polka Dot Plant

Nutrient needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, FL

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

April 15th, 2021

The growing potential in Jacksonville is high 📈.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot …

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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 your location in Jacksonville, FL, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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