Meet The Family: Hypoestes Phyllostachya – Pink Polka Dot Plant

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband decided to buy plants as gifts instead of flowers. I had just started my plant parent journey and loved that he was so supportive of my new interest. Along with the Dieffenbachia he also bought a Hypoestes Phyllostachya or Pink Polka Dot Plant as they are more commonly known as he had to get me something pink for the occasion. She is my first colourful plant and I just loved the contrast between the pink and green on her leaves! 

With my “Meet The Family” series of posts I will be introducing you to my plants and tell you a little bit more about the story behind each plant. I will also attempt to share more about my plant care, and how the plant responds to the conditions in our apartment.

Everyday I am amazed at how much this Hypoestes Phyllostachya has grown! I mainly leave her alone to do her thing but I make sure she doesn’t dry out. She is planted in my usual houseplant soil mix and I water about once a week depending on the time of year. She collapsed on me once and it was very dramatic. I can normally tell by her leaves if she needs a drink. She gets plenty of direct light from our North facing bedroom window but I forgot to rotate her so she has grown a bit lopsided.

A week or two ago during a big repotting session I noticed her roots have been growing out of her drainage holes for a while. Whoops! Luckily I managed to wiggle her out of her pot without damaging any of the leaves, but I had to pot her up two sizes bigger. One day when I got back from work I saw she had flowers! I didn’t even know they bloomed so I was fairly surprised when I saw the bright pink flower. 

Although in my opinion she is fairly easy to care for I wouldn’t add her to my easy to care for list. She does require some attention to her conditions and watering so if you tend to be a bit negligent she will suffer quite a bit. 

I have since seen the white variety on Instagram and am dying to buy one. Do you have a Polka Dot Plant? I would love to hear from you. Leave a reply by commenting below!

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