Plant Care Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

4.2 out of 5 (294 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 Raleigh, North Carolina.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Growing Polka Dot Plant in Raleigh right now

Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 7th, 2022

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

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

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunlight will decrease by 21.5% ☀️

December 7th, 2022

Raleigh is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Raleigh is expected to decrease by 21.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant Polka Dot Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.8 hours 📉

December 5th, 2022

This month, Raleigh is getting an average of 8.6 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 7.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of dayli…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Raleigh, North Carolina ⛅.

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 Raleigh, North Carolina

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 7th, 2022

The growing potential in Raleigh is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Polka Dot Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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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 Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 154
Polka Dot Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 116
Polka Dot Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 84
Polka Dot Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 49
Polka Dot Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 40
Polka Dot Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 29
Polka Dot Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Al avatar
@Al
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 144 XP
globe Walnut Creek, CA
03/29/2022

This plant is really dramatic, if it looks “dead” it’s not, it just needs water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Lisyer avatar
@Lisyer
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 941 XP
02/21/2022

Super fast growing, grew 4 times it’s size in 1,5 months for me. Likes water quite often, if water missed by a day or two - leaves drop.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Mzulie avatar
@Mzulie
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 401 XP
globe New York
02/13/2022

She’s so dramatic but she’s so pretty. Must be kept under a watchful eye

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Bickyyamyam avatar
@Bickyyamyam
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 155 XP
01/26/2022

The plants wilts a lot, and has a really short lifespan (although you can definitely propagate it).

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sirblueoak avatar
@Sirblueoak
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 54 XP
01/20/2022

Very easy to grow! Even for brown thumbs!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Thickynicky avatar
@Thickynicky
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 150 XP
globe San Jose, CA
01/16/2022

Pretty easy plant to take care of, especially for lazy people ✨ Plant is supposed to be watered when soil gets pretty dry so you don’t have to water very frequently, between 5-7 days. Also they are super pretty 😍

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Tango avatar
@Tango
leaf-1 71 Plants
xp 5,716 XP
12/29/2021

This plant is awesome! Had to repot after the first 3 weeks due to major growth! Bounces back from about anything, definitely recline to.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Tasteofvanilla0 avatar
@Tasteofvanilla0
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Dallas, TX
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
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Next2happy avatar
@Next2happy
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 763 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 451 XP
globe Williston, ND
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 245 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 163 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, GA
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 22 Plants
xp 619 XP
globe Grapevine, TX
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 32 Plants
xp 4,064 XP
globe Burnsville, NC
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, TN
09/29/2021

withered immediately and would not sprout up again

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

Don’t over water

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Tracy avatar
@Tracy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Pittsburgh, PA
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 960 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

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