Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red'

Red polka dot plant

Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red'

Red polka dot plant

  • Bright red leaf spots
  • Prefers high humidity
  • Requires bright, indirect light
  • Compact growth habit (20-40 cm)
  • Ideal for small terrariums
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Description

Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red', also known as red spotted leaf or spotted deadnettle, is an ornamental plant native to Madagascar that belongs to the botanical family Acanthaceae. It owes its popularity primarily to its striking red spotted leaves, which add a visual accent to any room. Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red' is particularly valuable as a terrarium plant, as it prefers high humidity and requires semi-shady to bright locations without direct sunlight. These conditions make it an ideal choice for most terrarium configurations. The plant thrives in evenly moist soil without waterlogging and in an environment that offers a constant temperature without strong fluctuations

In the terrarium, Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red' not only contributes to aesthetic diversity, but also supports the microclimate through its love of moisture. The plant reaches a moderate height of 20 to 40 cm and can therefore be perfectly combined with other plants and decorative elements without overgrowing the room. The small but delicate flowers are particularly interesting, contrasting with the vividly spotted leaves. These flowers appear in delicate shades of lavender or white and provide a subtle but attractive addition to the overall look of the terrarium. Their flower shape is tubular and complements the visual texture of the plant. Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red' thus offers a unique combination of decorative foliage, undemanding care and enrichment to the terrarium environment, making it an excellent choice.

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Hypoestes phyllostachya 'Red'
Cultivation options As a ground plant in moist substrate
Growth height 20 - 40 cm, can grow taller under ideal conditions
Temperature 18 - 24 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity High humidity preferred
Lighting needs Bright, indirect light; semi-shady locations
Watering Regularly to maintain evenly moist soil, avoid waterlogging
Fertilisation Moderate during the growth phase, about every 4 weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser
Propagation Cuttings
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums, moist environments, as a colour contrast to green plants
Cultivation options
As a ground plant in moist substrate
Growth height
20 - 40 cm, can grow taller under ideal conditions
Temperature
18 - 24 °C, not below 15 °C
Humidity
High humidity preferred
Lighting needs
Bright, indirect light; semi-shady locations
Watering
Regularly to maintain evenly moist soil, avoid waterlogging
Fertilisation
Moderate during the growth phase, about every 4 weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser
Propagation
Cuttings
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums, moist environments, as a colour contrast to green plants

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