How To Propagate Hypoestes: A Step-By-Step Guide

Hypoestes, commonly known as the polka dot plant, is a beautiful and easy-to-grow houseplant. It’s characterized by its brightly colored leaves that are covered in spots or dots, which come in a range of colors such as pink, red, white, and green.

One of the best things about hypoestes is how easy it is to propagate them. Propagation simply means creating new plants from an existing parent plant. In this blog post, we’ll be exploring some different ways you can propagate hypoestes to create new plants for your home or garden.

Taking Cuttings

The most common way to propagate hypoestes is through stem cuttings. Here’s how you can do it:

1) Choose a healthy-looking stem on your parent plant that doesn’t have any flowers or buds growing on it.
2) Using sharp scissors or pruning shears, make a clean diagonal cut just below where the last leaf node (or set of leaves) meets the stem.
3) Remove any lower leaves on the cutting so that there are only one or two sets left at the top.
4) Dip the end of your cutting into rooting hormone powder before planting if desired – this isn’t necessary but will help encourage root growth faster.
5) Plant the cutting into moist potting soil up to just below where you removed leaves.
6) Cover with plastic wrap or a clear bag to create humidity and maintain moisture levels
7) Place in bright indirect sunlight but away from direct sun rays until it has established roots then slowly introduce gradually greater light exposure
8 Avoid overwatering as this could cause rotting

Water Propagation

Another popular method for propagating Hypoestes involves water propagation which can also be used on other houseplants like spider plants . Follow these steps;

1.) Take 3-4 inches tip off without including any flowers/buds,
2.) Cleanly remove all except one or two leaves at the top
3.) Place the cuttings in a glass of clean water, ensuring that only the stem is submerged and not any leaves.
4.) Change the water every 2-3 days to keep it fresh.
5) Maintain bright but indirect sunlight, and avoid direct sun rays until roots are established.
6) Once you can see healthy root growth, transfer your cutting into potting soil.

Dividing Root Ball

Hypoestes grows quickly and may overgrow its container with time. When this happens, this method comes into play:

1) Gently remove your parent plant from its current pot/container
2) Use gloves or hand trowel to separate each section of your plant’s rootball (ensure that there is one stem attached to each separated root ball).
3) Plant each new segment in well-draining potting soil in a container space slightly larger than their original container.
4) Water them thoroughly after planting then reduce watering for some weeks till they establish.


Propagation offers an affordable way of increasing houseplants while expanding green spaces around us using already existing plants like Hypoestes commonly known as Polka dot plants. We do hope that these detailed step-by-step instructions on how to propagate hypoestes will prove helpful when propagating your own polka dot plants; happy growing!