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Hypoestes phyllostachya

Hypoestes phyllostachya


Hypoestes phyllostachya's commonly known as Polka Dot Plant. Dark green leaves splattered with pink make Polka Dot Plant an unusual and attractive vivarium and terrarium plant. Newer hybrids are available with red or white spotted leaves. This bushy plant grows quickly with good light. Pinch back growing tips often to encourage branching and to keep the plant compact. Insignificant purple flower spikes may appear. Pinch them off because they detract from the foliage and can cause the plant to deteriorate after blooming.


These are one of our favorite colorful plant. It is a must have to brighten up your dart frog's home. Must important thing to remember is to never let this plant dry out. If it does happen these pretty little plants have the ability to recover quickly if water is replenished quickly.


Origin: Madagascar


Height: Keep to about 10 in tall.


Light: Bright light is needed for good leaf color, but protect plants from direct sun to prevent scorching leaves.


Water: Keep soil evenly moist through out the year.


Planting: Should be watered regularly. Do not let it dry out between water. It makes a perfect ground covering or hanging for the back of your vivarium.


Humidity: Likes moist air. A humidifier and misting is appreciated.


Temperature: Average to warm 65-80°F


Propagation: Grows easily from seeds. Take stem cuttings in spring and early summer.

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