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Freckle Face

English Name

Hypoestes Phyllostachya

Scientific Name

Description

Hypoestes Phyllostachya is a spreading foliage houseplant that creates a wealth of subtly-coloured pink leaves.

Madagascar

Origin

Acanthaceae

Family

64°F - 70°F

Temperature (°F)

61°F - 64°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

10 days - 21 days

Germination Period

8" - 1'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

None

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Water 3 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter with tepid water. During the brief Winter rest period, water sparingly, giving just enough to make mixture barely moist and allow the top half to dry out between waterings.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks during active growth period.

Repotting

Move young plants into pots, one size larger whenever their roots have filled the pot. 5 inch pots will usually suffice for mature specimen.

Propagation

Plants may be raise either from seed sown in seed compost in Spring or from tip cuttings taken at any time of year. Take 3-4 inches long cuttings, remove the lower leaves and either root it in water or insert in a 3 inch pot containing a moistened equal amounts of peat moss and sand. Enclose in a plastic bag and keep in warm place and bright filtered light.

Cultivation

Provide at least 4 hours of curtain filtered sunlight from bright south, east or west window. Will get spindly and weak if light is too low.

Tips

Though it can be overwintered, it is best propagated afresh each Spring.

Care

This bushy herbaceous plant grows rapidly in good light. Keep it well branched and to a height of 12 inches by pruning it frequently.

Decorate

Hypoestes is a good plant for windowsill and useful as a pot plant in a wall bracket or hanging baskets.

Humidity

Humidity is important all the year round. Spraying may damage the leaves so stand pot on saucer of pebbles almost covered in water. Do not let base touch the water or roots will become waterlogged. Pot can also be placed in outer container with damp peat in between.

Soil

House-plant compost.



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