Plant Care Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

4.2 out of 5 (135 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 80
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 50
Polka Dot Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 34
Polka Dot Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 20
Polka Dot Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
Polka Dot Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 16
Polka Dot Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 11
Polka Dot Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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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@Sarahnotsara
White Lake, MI
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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@Miriamstarr
Benton, PA
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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@Cassiefinz
Florham Park, NJ
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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@Athena61
Minneapolis, MN
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Freckles by Athena61 on Greg, the plant care app
04/22/2021

Not sure how or why this plant is still hanging on. It certainly hasn’t grown lush and beautiful. I gave it 3 stars because others have managed to make it thrive. I’ve just recently repotted it and g…

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@Kellyshea
Waretown, NJ
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Cassiopia by Kellyshea on Greg, the plant care app
05/15/2021

I can’t really say much on it yet, but my mom got this polka for me for Valentine’s Day from the grocery store, and it was so mistreated, 75% of the growth came off, it was so root bound, and moldy. …

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Sassmansgotitgood avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Bubbles by Sassmansgotitgood on Greg, the plant care app
06/03/2021

I found that this plant hates my led lights in my room, im not sure why but it browns the leaves. Ive done many tests on it so im pretty sure its the led lights. The plant requires a lot of water, ot…

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Nerskine avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Glinda 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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@Apb0168
Hamilton, ON
Rating of the plant Polka Dot Plant named Spot by Apb0168 on Greg, the plant care app
06/05/2021

Disappointing. It’s supposed to be one of the best plants of 2021. It was a nice white foliage when first I got it. As it grows in a bigger pot it has become straggly and sparse. I would not reco…

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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 located in Saint Paul, MN.

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 Saint Paul, MN

Saint Paul, MN

88% High

Growing Polka Dot Plant in Saint Paul right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Saint Paul, MN

Plant growth potential is currently very high 📈

June 15th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Saint Paul is currently very high 📈. The plant growth potential in your area is currently at its peak! 🌿

The availability of high quality sunli…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Saint Paul, MN

Sunlight intensity will increase by 9.1% ☀️

June 15th, 2021

Saint Paul is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Saint Paul is expected to increase by 9.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 21.2 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Saint Paul, MN

Daylight will increase by 0.9 hours 📈

June 15th, 2021

This month, Saint Paul is getting an average of 11.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 15.4 total hours of …

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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 during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Saint Paul, MN ☀️.️

This is a great time to watch your Polka Dot Plant thrive 🌿!

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 Saint Paul, MN

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

June 10th, 2021

The growing potential in Saint Paul 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 an…

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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 Saint Paul, MN, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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