Introduction: How to Care for a Polka Dot Plant

Ever kill a plant on accident? Taking care of plants can be hard. Each plant has different sunlight and water needs. They also have different fertilizer schedules. The polka dot plant is a relatively easy indoor plant to start with if for someone who is new to plants.

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Polka dot plants are native to South Africa, Madagascar, and Southeast Asia. The spots often merge into larger areas of color. They are evergreen tropical sub-shrubs that are noted for having ovate green leaves (to 2” long) which are spotted with rose, pink or lavender. They can be grown either individually or in a terrarium, growing up to 20” tall.


Polka Dot Plant


Coffee Filter/River Rocks


Step 1: Step 1: How to Transplant a Polka Dot Plant

After purchasing the polka dot plant, the first step would be to transplant to a pot, because they come in plastic containers. The new pot needs to have a drainage hole. To prevent water from spreading everywhere, either place a coffee filter at the bottom of the pot, or line the bottom of the new pot with small river rocks.

Step 2: Step 2: How to Water

After transplanting, add more soil and pack it in. Water well and then allow the top 25% of the soil to dry out before watering again. Over-watering causes root rot. If the leaves droop, they quickly perk up after a little water.

Step 3: Step 3: Light Needs

Polka dot plants should be in indirect light. Too much light or too little light causes the colors in the leaves of this plant to fade. A south facing window would be an ideal place for the polka dot plant to be.

Step 4: Step 4: Fertilizer Needs

Feed monthly in the spring and summers with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the usual strength. During the fall and winter, fertilize every other month. Polka dot plants prefer warm temperatures around 75°F. High humidity is preferred. Polka dot plants prefer a rich, loose, peat-based soil that drains well.

Step 5: Extra Steps to Keep Polka Dot Plants Happy

If the polka dot plant is looking a droopy and you’ve tried watering and giving him sun, try putting him in the bathroom while you shower. The humidity from the shower will perk up the plant.