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Hypoestes - Plant Care Instructions and Tips


The Hypoestes is an easy to grow, low maintenance plant. 


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Common Names

  • Polka Dot Plant

Quick Hypoestes Plant Stats

  • Light:  Bright, Indirect Sunlight
  • Air Cleaner: Removes formaldehyde from the air
  • Difficulty:  Easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Pet-Friendly:  No, Toxic if ingested, but may causes stomach upset
  • Size:  10” – 12” tall (overall height including pot)

      Light Requirements

      Your Hypoestes will grow best with consistent, bright sunny light. Many people put their Hypoestes in a window with a sheer curtain. East or West window is best. 

      Water Requirements

      Water when the top 1-2 inches of the soil is dry, then thoroughly water until the water drains into the saucer. Empty the saucer if the water level is high so as not to drown the roots. The worst thing you can do to your Hypoestes is to over water it.

      Humidity Preference

      Hypoestes will appreciate you misting its leaves to help to keep the pests (damaging insects) from making themselves at home on the leaves. Use a pebble tray or humidifier to help boost humidity in dry areas.

      Optimum Temperature

      The Hypoestes enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees. Avoid temperatures below 60 degrees, sudden temperature drops, or cold drafts.

      Plant Food

      For best results, feed your plant every month during the spring and summer with diluted liquid fertilizer. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

      Additional Care

      Hypoestes requires little additional care and typically does not require pruning except to remove old leaves as they fade. For even growth, rotate the plant a little when you water. 


      This is an ornamental plant and not recommended for either human or animal consumption. Plants are not intended for human or animal consumption; keep out of reach of children and pets.


      The Hypoestes was featured in the March 2022 Lunarly box.

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