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Hypoestes phyllostachya, also known as the polka dot plant, is a colorful and popular choice for terrariums due to its attractive foliage. Here are some tips on how to care for Hypoestes phyllostachya in a terrarium:

  • Lighting: Hypoestes phyllostachya prefers bright, indirect light. Place your terrarium in a well-lit area, but avoid direct sunlight which can scorch the delicate leaves.

  • Soil: Use a well-draining soil mix that is rich in organic matter. The ideal mix should consist of a combination of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark.

  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Hypoestes phyllostachya thrives in high humidity, so mist the plant regularly.

  • Temperature: Keep the terrarium in a warm, humid environment with temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C).

  • Fertilizer: Use a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer).

  • Pruning: Hypoestes phyllostachya is a fast-growing plant and can quickly overtake a terrarium if not pruned regularly. Pinch back the tips of the stems to encourage bushier growth and trim back the leaves as needed.

Overall, Hypoestes phyllostachya is a great plant for terrariums and can add a pop of color to your indoor garden. With proper care, it can thrive and bring joy to your space.

Polka dot plant white - Hypoestes phyllostachya - large

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