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.