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Hypoestes 'Polka Dot Plant' Seeds

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1 brown packet of 20 Hypoestes 'Polka Dot Plant' seeds (care guide included)

Hypoestes Phyllostachya, Hypoestes Sanguinolenta

About the seeds:


beginner | intermediate | advanced

germination time

7-14 days




2-4 seeds per nursery pot

recommended planter

2“-4" nursery pot to start(not terra cotta for germination)

time to maturity

2-6 months

seed prep

pre-soak | scarification | stratification | none


greenhouse | paper towel method


70F - 85F

About the Plants:


bushy plants with dark green leaves covered in bright white or pink polka dotted patterns


beginner | intermediate | advanced

growth speed

slow | medium | fast

size of plant

5”-24” height and spread


full sun | partial sun | shade | grow lights 


well-draining coconut coir/peat-based potting mix 


warm | cool


cats | dogs | no


spider mites, aphids, thrips


heavy | moderate | light



We recommend using the following to sow the seeds: 

Polka dot plants are very easy to germinate, grow quickly, and are fun to watch grow as they develop their iconic polka dots! They can be a little finicky about their light: a couple of common problems with polka dots is leaf curling or leggy growth. If they're getting curling leaves, then it likely means it's either too bright or warm and you will want to move your polka dot plant to a location with less direct sun. If they're starting to grow leggy instead of maintaining that nice bushy growth, that means they're in need of more light.

(Find more info on germinating seeds by going to our seed guide)

These seeds are for the 2023 growing season.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews

I love this plant and the colors. I got white and pink

Easy to growth

Love my lil girl, she looking beautiful and thriving, seed are really easy to growth compare to an Amazon brand I bought.

Mackenzie W.
Quick germination

Small leggy sprouts with in the week but added a little soil in hopes to keep them from getting too excited. really excited to see what happens next!

Cecilia Valdovinos Ortiz
Absolutely love these!

I literally planted these on a Tuesday and it’s barely Sunday morning and they’re so big 🥺🤍 I noticed the sprouts Thursday!
I used a heat lamp and saran wrap! I am so excited for these beautiful babies!

Baby plants galore!

I got my polka dot plant seeds about a month ago, and they just started showing their first sign of color! They have done so well and sprouted very quickly. These are a great beginner seed.

when you order with us:

  • your seeds and orders are hand-packed in San Diego

  • your order ships in 1-2 business days

  • free replacements for seeds that arrive in bad condition

  • we're always here to help with any questions!


how difficult are these seeds to grow?

Houseplant seeds are generally trickier to grow than your more common garden seed varieties- they require a specific setup and more time to sprout. You can find the difficulty for each seed variety specified under the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

We definitely recommend following the setups outlined in our seed guide here, and you can find further details in our blog!

how long does it take for the seeds to germinate?

Houseplant seeds take longer than most seeds to germinate, the average time for germination is 2-3 weeks. If you're curious about the sprouting time for a specific seed variety, you can find that information in the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

how do I grow houseplant seeds?

All of our orders come with a basic starter guide for you to follow, but our seed guide here goes in much more detail and also offers alternative seed starter methods.

We also include additional planting tips specific to each seed variety under the "instructions" tab of each product page. If you need extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to us at!

my seeds aren't germinating, what do I do?

Houseplant seeds are tricky, and sometimes certain more difficult varieties can take some practice to finally get them to sprout!

If you're having trouble with the seeds, you're not alone. Luckily there are ways to sometimes salvage seeds by adjusting the setup- this quiz can help diagnose any issues you may have with your setup and make suggestions for how to improve it.

You can also email us at and we can help out! If the seeds still aren't germinating, we'll send out a replacement :)