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Hypoestes Care

Hypoestes are fun and easy-going plants with leaves spotted in a variety of colors, including red, pink, and white. Enjoying warm temperatures and humid environments, they thrive in filtered light and will produce beautiful colorful leaves.

How to care for your Hypoestes

Use these instructions to care for a Hypoestes. This guide will tell you how to water a Hypoestes; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.



Your Hypoestes prefers bright, indirect light. Lower light can cause it to grow slower and become stretched out while direct sunlight can burn the leaves.


Water your Hypoestes thoroughly when the top 25-50% of soil is dry. If you let your Hypoestes dry out too much, it will let you know with limp leaves. Not to worry! After a thorough watering, the leaves should soon perk up.


Average household humidity is acceptable, but your Hypoestes will appreciate higher humidity levels. You can boost the humidity with frequent misting, placing a humidifier nearby, or using a pebble tray. Another way to increase relative humidity is to group several humidity-loving plants together in a small area, creating a microclimate.


Your Hypoestes will thrive in average room temperatures between 65-80 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct airflow from heaters in the winter months.


Feed every month from spring through the end of summer with a general houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength.


Hypoestes are non-toxic according to the ASPCA.


If you choose, you can bring your Hypoestes outdoors during the summer months when nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. It will thrive in a spot that has full shade so that the leaves do not get sunburnt.

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What's a Hypoestes?

Botanical Classification: Hypoestes phyllostachya


Native to Madagascar, Hypoestes phyllostachya is a classic tropical houseplant that is best known for its brightly variegated foliage that resembles polka dots. Leaves are dark green with intense variegation in shades of white, pink, and red. In its native habitat, the plant reaches 30” tall, but many cultivated varieties stay on the smaller side. The plant produces small flowers in ideal conditions towards the end of the summer, which should be pinched off.

Hypoestes plants are easy to care for, as long as they’re given plenty of water and high humidity. They prefer bright, indirect light and can withstand some morning sun. Low light can cause the variegation to fade, and direct afternoon sun can cause the leaves to burn. Misting the leaves or overhead watering is discouraged as the plant is susceptible to powdery mildew.

Fun Fact

Pinching the growing tips of Hypoestes back is an easy way to encourage new growth, and these stem cuttings can be easily rooted in soil.

Pictured Left: Hypoestes

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