Pink Polka dot plant (hypoestes phyllostachya) is one such varieties of this plant which looks amazing as they are different in color but everything is similar. Caring needs of this plant is common as polka dot’s and it also has dotted foliage that looks fantastic. I love how these plants are perfect for a miniature or placed indoors for ornamental purposes. Polka dot comes in many other colors having combinations of white and green, pink and green , green and red. If you have these 3 varieties You may have seen all have deep colors that make them more beautiful. Generally they are eye-catching and absolutely the best plants to grow indoors. Easy to grow, easy to care just follow the instructions and you are good to go. They belong to the South African region, specifically Madagascar. They are not fast growing plants but if you give proper care it will definitely do healthy growth. To Make these deep colors you need to have patience to grow these plants. Now let’s follow some tips on pink polka dot plant care:
Pink polka dot plants grow well in potting mix having organic matter included in it. Mixing 20% perlite for drainage can be useful or you can also use pumice or peat moss. I am using This All purpose soil, You can check on amazon.
Generally these plants prefer indirect light and if you grow them outdoors make sure to put them in a place where there is shade like below a tree. If you give them direct sunlight it may burn some of the foliage. Indoors you can place them near the window, South facing is good. Still Give them partial sunlight if they are indoors or outdoors as it helps the foliage to be healthy.
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Remember Polka dot doesn’t like overwatering and underwatering so give them water to make them evenly moist and they like being on moist soil. Also Every 2 days check for dryness and don’t pour water if they haven’t dried out. You can check top 1 inch soil for dryness only if they feel water is less give them. Plant thats thrives indoors in a pot needs consistent watering and also checking it for water logging. Outdoors there is sunlight and wind which generally dries the soil but if you live in a cold climate area then watering is not very frequent in those places. For Winters You can minimize the watering 50% , Now give water in every 7 -9 days if they feel dried out. Once Spring starts Resume follow your routine for watering.
Polka dot plants generally attacked by mealybugs the popular bug in every plant and whiteflies and aphids. Holes in leaves, discolored leaves are some of the signs even you can find stems getting unhealthy. Pests Problem occur mostly Indoors and root rot is also an issue inside as overwatering damages the root system of the plant. You can use pesticide to get your polka dot out of this situation.
These plants need fertilizer every month when they are in the growing phase and use a liquid based plant food to feed them. Also In Growing season, Soil with Organic Compost are used to provide them nutrients so it thrives healthy. Here is the All Purpose fertilizer I am using – Check Price in Amazon.
They like warm temperature and ideally live in 65-80 degree F and you can shift it indoors in winters as temperature might drop to below 30 degree F and it is not a healthy level. In Spring it can be grown outdoors as they like to sit in an outside environment with bright light as they have handled frost so they need to be in good condition for some days. Pink Polka dot can tolerate low to moderate humidity and you can always check soil before watering as the soil might become soggy if you overwatered and didn’t check the soil.
Propagation of Pink Polka dot
It’s easy in pink polka dot plant to propagate them using stem cutting or you can also buy seeds from a nearby nursery. These can be grown in moist soil and the best time to for seed germination can be start of the spring season. In Few Weeks you can see the rooting, with stem cutting it takes less days and if you use rooting hormone then it will increase the root development process in plants but if you don’t want to spend an extra penny then it’s also okay. Like me who have patience can wait and see the growth happening.
Some varieties of Polka dot Plants
- Pink Brocade – It has pink spots just like the name suggests the color and green foliage.
- Confetti – These have different color spots including reddish, pinkish, rose or white and foliage is green.
- Splash Series – It has a combination of 2 colors like spots of red, white , pink with green leaves.
- Camina – It has red spots and a very darkish green mix.
If Pink Polka dot Plant becomes leggy?
Basically if pink polka dot’s become leggy then it is not a good sign for its overall growth; this might kill your plant so pinching off some of the stem shows legginess. Pruning is the only way to solve this problem and it also encourages healthy bushy growth. Even after that your might become compact will look good and can attract more eyes.
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Here is full detailed information on solving leggy polka dot plant.
As you know this plant is the same as the main polka dot plant so care is almost the same.