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How To Grow Hypoestes ‘Pink Polka Dot’ From Seed

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How To Grow Hypoestes ‘Pink Polka Dot’ From Seed

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If you’re a houseplant enthusiast, you’ve probably seen or even owned a Hypoestes, or Polka Dot Plant, at some point. Their popularity is no surprise! Not only do they have unique, beautiful and colorful foliage, but they’re also rather easy to grow from seed and care for. This variety makes for an adorable little freckled house plant!

How to use to use the Jiffy Pods provided 

 

Made of coir, or coconut hull fibers, Jiffy Pods are primarily used for starting seeds indoors. Because they are biodegradable and the entire pod can be transplanted into the garden or larger pots, Jiffy Pods are very useful for starting from seed plants that do not transplant easily or well. Rather than remove the plant from its nursery pot, it can be planted while still in its Jiffy Pod. The roots quickly grow through the pod in search of moisture and nutrients, and eventually the pod itself will decompose, causing no distress to your seedlings.

 Step 1

Place your Jiffy Pods into a bowl of water. After 10 minutes you will notice them swell to 7x their starting size.  

Step 2

Sow your seeds into each Jiffy Pod, following the directions in the "general planting advice" below. 

Step 3

Set your Jiffy Pods in a saucer or shallow dish and move to an appropriate location for germination, as recommended by general planting advice. We recommend a sunny position or heating pad. As the seeds germinate, the plants can be watered by pouring water into your dish, or they can be watered from above with a watering can. Generally speaking, Jiffy Pods dry out faster than plastic or clay starter pots and will most likely require watering every few days.

Step 4

Transplant the plants into the garden or larger garden pots, without removing them from the Jiffy-Pots, at the appropriate time for both the plants and your climate. When transplanting, ensure that the entire pot is buried beneath the ground. If any portion of it is above the soil, it will wick water away from the roots of the plant, which will be unhealthy for your seedling.

 

General Hypoestes ‘Pink Polka Dot’ Seeds Planting Advice 



The seeds germinate rather quickly, usually within a week or so. The first set of leaves has no polka dots but the second set(or the adult leaves) will start to show interesting patterns. The more light you can offer the seedlings, the more colorful they’ll be! As the seedlings grow older, start allowing the soil to dry out more between waterings.
These plants grow quickly, so soon enough you should have some lovely, speckled little plants!

Seed Starting Method No special pre treatment is required for this variety.
Sowing Depth 1-2mm - press them in and lightly cover
Growing Season Spring / Summer but will germinate year around in sheltered & warm conditions 
Germination Time The seeds germinate quickly, usually within a week or so.
Hardiness Hardy
Plant Spacing  A few inches apart in a larger pot or singular in small pots.
Plant Height
Planting Position Partial or full sun - The more light you can offer the seedlings, the more colorful they’ll be!
Days Until Maturity  Plant out into larger pots when seedling show signs of good root development.
Growing tips

 

Cover your pots with cling wrap or similar and place them in a warm sunny position. Keep moist but not soggy. Don't allow your soil/ potting medium to dry out.

Do not be too hasty to discard seeds that have not yet germinated, seeds will often lay dormant (in hibernation almost) until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination and sprouting to occur. Containers placed to one side & forgotten about will often surprise long after they were discarded.

 

 

How To Use The Controlled Release Fertiliser 

Once you have replanted your seedlings into larger pots, gently break apart your slow release fertiliser pellet and sprikle around the base of your plants. Avoid sprinkling too close to the actual seedling. Water in well. 

 


 

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