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Polka Dot Plant Description and the photo of home plants. Polka Dot Plant - Hypoestes phyttostachya - Pictures of the plants and the secrets of correct care of the plants in home conditions

Photo Polka Dot Plant
Photo Polka Dot Plant
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The big picture leaves home plants Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot Plant

Hypoestes phyttostachya

An old favourite, the Polka Dot Plant is much in demand today. Its jaunty dots will brighten any room: keep it in the sun to bring

out its own colours more fully.

Secrets of Success

GENERAL CARE

Easy to look after, but cut back regularly so that it does not exceed 40cm (16in). Pinch out young plants grown from seed or cuttings to make them bushy. Also pinch out flowers.

Potting: Repot each year in spring using a standard soil-based compost and relatively small pots.

WATERING

If possible use soft water, and water frequently. Mist the plant often and ensure that it has high humidity by setting it on a bed of damp peat or on wet gravel.

Feeding: Feed it every 3 weeks from March-August. Use a standard liquid fertilizer according to pack instructions.

CONDITIONS

Light: Ideally place it in a position where it will get equal amounts of sun and shade. Control the light with a blind or curtain, if necessary. If too shady, spots will disappear. Bright light will bring out the best of leaf colour.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures suit it best but not below 13°C (55°F) in winter.

Buying Tips

When to buy

They can be bought at any time of the year.

What to look for

Choose small, compact plants with fresh and well'Coloured foliage. Remember

commercially produced plants are small.

Lifespan

They will last for many years, but are at their best when young. Older plants tend to become straggly and

unattractive. It is best to replace them annually from cuttings.

The main characteristic of the polka dot plant is pink or pale spots on leaves. Some have large pink patches Ч in some cases, entirely pink leaves.