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Tango617
Apr 22, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Just moved my polka dot plant six to eight feet away from my south facing windows. I was trying to find information on what could be causing some leaves to curl and some to brown up. Do you think that keeping it here and continuing to water once the surface feels dry will make it healthier? Thanks for your help!
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Apr 22, 2018 1:45 PM CST
Your Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) is really beautiful! Thumbs up

The few leaves with curled edges don't appear to be the result of the location; a south or west facing window is perfect as long as the plant is not receiving full direct sun on it's foliage. I think the curling leaf issue may be due to lack of humidity. You can raise the humidity by placing the plant on a tray with moist pebbles. Refresh the water as it evaporates to keep the pebbles moist at all times. As the water evaporates, it helps raise the humidity level around plants.

Hopefully others will be along with advice and suggestions soon but you appear to be doing a wonderful job with that beauty!
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Tango617
Apr 22, 2018 1:53 PM CST
Thanks! Just added the tray for now. I have heard of people keeping them in terrariums, too. Maybe that would be helpful!
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Apr 23, 2018 2:51 PM CST
I agree with Lin that your plant seems very healthy and a few discolored leaves are normal and not a cause for concern.

They are often used in terrariums because they are small and do well in humid environments. But I would not recommend that you change anything!
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