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The polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is an eye-catching little plant with brightly variegated leaves that stand out against most other foliage. These plants are not especially difficult to grow, have a moderate growth rate, and remain relatively small once mature, especially when grown indoors.


Grow polka dot plant in a bright or medium-light spot. It can tolerate bright spots indoors and doesn't mind a little direct sun on its foliage. Polka dot plant tolerates low light fairly well, too, but we don't recommend growing it in low-light spots for extended periods because it can grow tall and lanky. 

Water Polka Dot plant enough to keep the soil consistently moist (but not soggy). This colorful houseplant will wilt if it dries out too much, but is quick to spring back to life when you water it again. 

If Polka Dot plant gets too tall, you can prune it back at any time. A little haircut helps keep Polka Dot plant a small and bushy houseplant. 

Fertilize plant once or twice a year -- at minimum -- with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer. You can feed this colorful houseplant more often, just be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging. 

Like many houseplants, Polka Dot plant also does well outdoors in shady spots in garden beds, borders, and containers. However, it won't tolerate the cold.

Polka Dot Plant

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