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Hypoestes phyllostachya.C09


Hypoestes are small plants that are very widespread and appreciated for their delicate beauty.

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 The genus Hypoestes belongs to the Acanthaceae family and includes plants originating from Madagascar, southern Africa and South-East Asia.      

    They are evergreen plants with a bush or shrub-like growth habit and are appreciated for the beauty of their shaded leaves which give a touch of joy to our homes.
    They are not plants which reach remarkable dimensions not exceeding one metre in height.
    The leaves are not longer than 5 cm, they are opposite, provided with petiole, commonly ovate-lanceolate and in the majority of the species provided with diffused spots with a colouring which goes from cream to intense pink. In some varieties the spots are so widespread that they cover all the green parts of the leaf.
    The new branches develop at the junction of the leaves and this means that the plant assumes a beautiful bush shape and if it finds the optimum growing conditions, it can become a real bush.
    The flowers are small and not particularly striking and also appear commonly at the junction of the leaves from late summer to winter.
    Hypoestes are commonly grown as houseplants and are perennial. It's not uncommon, however, to grow them in gardens as borders. If the climate is particularly mild, they can grow as perennials; vice versa, if the winter temperatures become particularly harsh, they behave as annuals.

    They are plants that can be grown at home with a minimum of care on our part.

    The optimal growing temperatures are, in summer, around 21°C and more if we guarantee the plant a fair degree of humidity. The minimum winter temperatures don't have to go below 13-15°C.
    The light should be intense without exposing the plant to direct sunlight. Be aware that cold draughts are not a good idea for the plant.
    In summer, if you have a balcony or a garden, put it outside, protecting it from the shade. Your plants will appreciate this.

    From spring onwards and throughout the summer, Hypoestes should be watered abundantly, so that the compost remains constantly moist, not wet, and without leaving any stagnation in the potting soil.

    During the winter, water more moderately, always keeping the compost slightly moist. It likes humid environments, so it is advisable to regularly spray the leaves and place the plant on a pot filled with pebbles, and then fill it with water, taking care that the bottom of the pot is not submerged in the water, otherwise the soil would become saturated with water, causing the roots to rot.

    When the weather is hot, this system allows the water in the pot to evaporate, thus humidifying the surrounding air. Remember to refill the plant pots when the water has evaporated.

    The Hypoestes is transplanted practically every year, in spring, using a good fertile substrate mixed with a little sand to encourage the drainage of the irrigation water as it does not tolerate stagnation.  

    We recommend the use of terracotta pots, because as they are porous they allow the soil to exchange gases with the outside

    From spring onwards and throughout the summer, fertilize the plant every 2-3 weeks with a liquid fertilizer to be diluted in the irrigation water, but reducing the doses slightly with respect to the indications on the product.
    Supply a fertilizer which, besides containing macro-elements (nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K)), also contains micro-elements such as magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), boron (B), molybdenum (Mo), all of them important for the plant growth.

    Hypoestes are not plants normally affected by diseases. We see the main ones

    Leaves wither and fall off easily
    This symptomatology must be attributed either to too low temperatures, especially in winter, or to incorrect, too much or too little irrigation.

    Remedy: Make an analysis of how you are growing the plant based on the indications in the preceding paragraphs and act accordingly.

    The leaves assume a bronzed colouring and the leaf sheet thickens
    This symptomatology must be attributed to excessive light.  

    Remedy: Place the plant in a more suitable position.  
    The leaves lose their vein
    This symptomatology must be attributed to too little light.

    Remedy: Place the plant in a more suitable position. substrates.

Be careful with the water as too much water can 

Mealybug infestation

Especially on the underside could mean that it is in the presence of brown or cottony woodlouse. To be sure, we suggest you use a magnifying glass and observe and compare with the photo next to it. They are characterised by having a kind of protective shield, dark in colour and consistent in the case of the brown cochineal or a kind of white cottony protective shield. Moreover, if you try to pull them out with a fingernail, they come out easily.

Remedy: remove them with a cotton wool pad soaked in alcohol or if the plant is large and in a pot, you can wash it with water and neutral soap by rubbing it very delicately with a sponge to remove the parasites. The plant should then be rinsed thoroughly to remove all the soap. For larger plants and plants planted outdoors, you can use specific chemicals. Treatments with anti-buggy insecticides, to be more effective, must be directed against the larvae, which are more sensitive than the adult.


Hypoestes are small plants that are very widespread and appreciated for their delicate beauty.

Specific References

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