Hypoestes Seeds - Splash Select Mix
- Seed Count: 70 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 50-60 days after transplant
- Plant Type: Annual
- Origin: Native to Madagascar
- Height: 6-12 inches
- Color Range: Green leaves splashed with pink, white, or red
- Light Requirement: Partial shade to full shade
- Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
History: The Hypoestes plant, commonly known as the Polka Dot Plant, originates from Madagascar. This ornamental beauty has won the hearts of gardeners and indoor plant enthusiasts alike for its striking foliage. The Splash Mix variety is a specially curated selection that showcases an array of colorful leaf patterns. This popular indoor plant has transitioned into gardens and landscape designs as a wonderful accent or filler plant. Not only is it visually stunning, but it's also relatively easy to care for, making it a wonderful choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
Uses: The Hypoestes Splash Mix is predominantly grown for its decorative foliage, adding a splash of color to both indoor and outdoor settings. Given its compact size, it's excellent for container gardening, mixed borders, and even as a houseplant. Its vibrant leaves provide contrast against traditional green foliage, making it a useful plant for visual interest. Besides ornamental uses, the Splash Mix is also excellent for adding biodiversity to your garden, as it attracts minimal pests. While not particularly known for its flowers, the primary use of the Hypoestes is to create a lush, vibrant backdrop or fill empty spaces with a burst of color.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Hypoestes Splash Mix plants typically reach maturity within 50-60 days after transplanting. They prefer a shaded or partially shaded location, although they can tolerate some morning sun. For best results, sow the seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Place the seeds on the surface of moist, well-draining soil and lightly cover them with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Transplant the seedlings outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, spacing them about 8-10 inches apart. These plants prefer moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. For continuous vibrant leaf color, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks. Pinch back the tips of the plants to encourage bushier growth. Although relatively low-maintenance, they do benefit from regular watering, especially in dry conditions.