Plant Care Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

4.1 out of 5 (282 experiences)

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

About Polka Dot Plant

The polka dot plant is a small, charismatic houseplant that can be found in a variety of colors ranging from white, to pink, red, and purple. With excellent care, you may be able to get them to blossom! They produce delightful small pink flowers when given enough sunlight. 🌸

Taxonomy

Hypoestes phyllostachya
Hypoestes
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

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, Florida.

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, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

58% Medium

Growing Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, Florida

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

November 28th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Jacksonville is currently low 📉.

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

Read more

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, Florida

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 21.7% ☀️

November 28th, 2021

Jacksonville is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Jacksonville is expected to decrease by 21.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.2 megajoules of energy …

Read more

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Jacksonville, Florida

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

November 28th, 2021

This month, Jacksonville is getting an average of 9.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of…

Read more

Finding light for Polka Dot Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Polka Dot Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Polka Dot Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Polka Dot Plant does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Jacksonville, Florida 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.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Polka Dot Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Humidity
Soil
Fertilizer
Dormancy
Native Region
Flowers
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Polka Dot Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 147
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 109
Polka Dot Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 81
Polka Dot Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 45
Polka Dot Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 39
Polka Dot Plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 37
Polka Dot Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 28
Polka Dot Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
Tasteofvanilla0 avatar
@Tasteofvanilla0
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 82 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
11/27/2021

People say it’s a hard plant to keep alive but she’s seeming to thrive everyday! Do some research on basic care needs for this plant and you’ll be good.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Alyssa avatar
@Alyssa
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe Saint Joachim, Ontario
11/09/2021

Always wilted

Next2happy avatar
@Next2happy
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 306 XP
11/06/2021

Keep in the west window and water when dry. Give orchid food x1 a month.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Stephanie_swizzlestick avatar
@Stephanie_swizzlestick
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 222 XP
globe Williston, North Dakota
10/25/2021

Make sure to trim so it grows better! I didn’t and I made that mistake with my first one.

Gizmo avatar
@Gizmo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe Norwich, England
10/24/2021

dramatic as hell. i forget to water her for one day and she’s brown and drooping. luckily, a quick water fixes that and she grows so quickly. rly pretty to look at. i love her!!!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Natshajoyce avatar
@Natshajoyce
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 149 XP
globe Ottawa, Ontario
10/24/2021

love the pink colour

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Supersommeyplantmama369 avatar
@Supersommeyplantmama369
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 348 XP
globe Marietta, Georgia
10/16/2021

I grew these baby’s from seeds and they were my first seeds to ever sprout they’ve done great and I’d definitely recommend them to first timers and anyone else who wants a pretty piece to add to their collection.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Meagan avatar
@Meagan
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 619 XP
globe Grapevine, Texas
10/10/2021

The leaves get wilty when thirsty but perk up SO quickly when watered! Shows you what it needs and responds lovingly to care.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Eric avatar
@Eric
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 760 XP
globe Burnsville, North Carolina
10/07/2021

If this plant looks dead, give it some water and in a few hours it will completely forgive your negligence 😁

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Claire avatar
@Claire
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 159 XP
globe Knoxville, Tennessee
09/29/2021

withered immediately and would not sprout up again

Barrcoop avatar
@Barrcoop
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 509 XP
globe Phillipsburg, New Jersey
09/27/2021

Don’t over water

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Tracy avatar
@Tracy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
09/25/2021

It was a vibrant reddish plant when purchased and it is going green and leggy. Will pinch back and see how it fares! Heard they do not like a lot of sun, so kept in indirect light only.

Browns easily Browns easily
Icantwink avatar
@Icantwink
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 914 XP
globe Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
09/16/2021

I have a small mini one! It’s so cute and the range of colours is beautiful! Very thirsty though!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Zairav avatar
@Zairav
leaf-1 80 Plants
xp 2,075 XP
09/14/2021

Drama queen

Browns easily Browns easily
Abbybulmer avatar
@Abbybulmer
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta
09/13/2021

He wilts easily but once watered perks right back up!

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Isabellamadden22 avatar
@Isabellamadden22
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 530 XP
09/12/2021

Very cute and hardy plant. He doesn’t get sad if I forget to water him. Likes being in a shady spot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Colleen avatar
@Colleen
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 819 XP
globe San Francisco, California
09/12/2021

Gets pretty dramatic when it needs watering, but so pretty and has grown so quickly.

Fast grower Fast grower
Dickbandit avatar
@Dickbandit
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 154 XP
globe Boulder, Colorado
09/12/2021

Gets a bit leggy for some people’s taste

Fast grower Fast grower
Sabrinaleighh avatar
@Sabrinaleighh
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 408 XP
globe Houston, Texas
09/07/2021

Very finicky. Pretty. But hard to keep lush.

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Cierrakmartin avatar
@Cierrakmartin
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 693 XP
globe Maple Ridge, British Columbia
09/06/2021

This is the cutest little plant, however the pink colour faded from mine almost right away. Plus I have many browning edges.

Browns easily Browns easily

Trending in your area

Similar to Polka Dot Plant

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in