For some reason I’ve never had much luck with polka dot plants. Otherwise known as Hypoestes phyllostachya. They seem to shrivel and die on me quickly.
But I thought I’d give it another shot a few weeks ago when plants were 30% off at Southwoods.
I planted it in this pretty boho pot and said: “Grow, little plant, grow.”
Then I look online this morning and it says that these plants give you the best color when they have low light. That goes against everything I’ve ever learned about house plants. Typically it is the other way around.
Here’s what it says:
The plant will give you the best color when it is in a low light situation, but this causes the canes to lengthen and get leggy while searching for light. Indirect bright sunlight is the ideal location for this plant indoors. Provide temperatures of at least 60 F.
I really don’t have much sunlight in this apartment as the overhang of the roof comes out so far. There is a bit of sunlight early in the morning in my front window. But atop the cupboard, the only place I would put it, is where Ivy likes to warm herself.
Putting it there would be a recipe for disaster.
Apparently many people grow this as an outdoor plant. I didn’t know that you could grow it outdoors. Learn something new every day.
Nevertheless, I have it under a lamp. I’d rather not have it be so leggy actually.
Have you grown this plant before? If so, what kind of luck did you have with it?