Scientific Name: Hypoestes
Native: Tropical and sub-tropical South Asia
This cute and petite herbaceous and shrubby plants have boldly patterned, spotted leaves, making them great to grow as ornamental plants. Its scientific name comes from the fact that when this plant flowers, these are hidden under the leaf bracts ("hypo" = under & "estia" = house). The most well-known among these are Hypoestes Phyllostachya of Madagascar and its cultivars, commonly called polka dot plant. Well suited to Mumbai, this plant grows well in semi-shade and a well draining potting mix. Hypoestes are varied - this one has red, showy and beautiful foliage.
**Sold in small 0.7 liter/4" standing plastic container.
***All our plants are grown in organically enriched living soil without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.
Polka Dot Plant Red
GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container to increase root and foliage growth when needed. Grow separately as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time and add this as shredded foliage around your plant to increase humus and soil health.
LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a bright spot with exposure to indirect sunlight/ambient light for at least six hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in semi-shade.
WATERING: Alternate days in summer and twice a week rest of the year. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. Never let its roots sit in stagnant water. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.
FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Foliage Plant Potting Mix or one similar to it.