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Have you ever dreamed of having a small, indoor garden of your very own, but were unsure of where to start? Well, a snow white waffle plant is the ideal choice for a beginner’s garden, so let’s take an in-depth look at them.
|Scientific name||Hemigraphis alternata|
|Native habitat||India and Indonesia|
|Size||6-8 inches (15-20 cm) tall, and 12-24 inches (30-60 cm)|
|Growth rate||fast grower|
|Toxic||yes, for both humans and animals|
If you want to find out more about how to take care of this gorgeous flower, and also discover some of its awesome superpowers, read on!
Snow White Waffle Plant Care
Hemigraphis alternata, or rather its common name, snow white waffle plant, is a succulent, which means that it does not need that much attention in order to thrive.
However, it does need a minimum of care, and we’re about to teach you everything you need to know in order to grow and maintain a perfectly healthy snow white!
Luckily, this is not the only tropical plant out there, and the philodendron ‘Dark lord’ care guide is equally undemanding, and this plant will fit in quite nicely with your waffle.
The Snow white waffle plant is a perfect houseplant as it loves indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can bleach its delicate foliage, so be careful to keep it in an appropriate place.
However, the snow white loves sunbathing, so you should provide it with enough light of medium to bright intensity. A perfect place for this succulent is near a window where it can enjoy the sun it needs without getting sunburned. Keeping it in a dark room would make it dull and lose all its vibrant color.
And yet, if you really, really want to grow it outside, it’s very important to remember that partial shade will be yours, and your snow white’s, best friend in this case.
Soil And Fertilizer
If you want this striking plant to thrive in your garden, you’ll need to provide it with perfect living conditions, and this includes a special type of soil and fertilizer.
The best potting soil for snow white waffle plants is pH neutral and well-draining, so that the excess moisture doesn’t lead to root rot. However, it also needs moist soil, so a good mixture is the key to success.
When it comes to fertilizer, this succulent is quite easy to please – you can use any houseplant fertilizer. Fertilize your waffle plant during growing seasons and you’ll be good to go.
Always be sure to provide it with plenty of bright light to give it the best chance of survival.
Water And Humidity
The Snow white waffle plant is a bit more needy than other succulents when it comes to watering.
During the growing season (spring to early autumn), it will require regular watering – at least once a week, and even more in warmer climates.
An amazing thing about this indoor houseplant, is that if you didn’t provide it with enough water, its colorful leaves wouldn’t be beyond the point of salvation, you’d just water the succulent and watch them rise back to life!
This plant prefers higher humidity, and if you live in a drier climate you can just sprinkle some water on the plant in the morning and go on about your day, or invest in a compact humidifier such as the one below.
This exquisite tropical plant definitely doesn’t do well in the cold, so be sure to keep your house warm during the warm winter months to avoid accidentally killing this beautiful puckered plant.
Temperatures between 60 and 80°F (15-26°C) are more than enough to keep both you and your plant happy.
The propagation of snow white waffle plants is simple: the best time to propagate them is similar to its growing period, from late spring to mid-summer, with early summer being the best.
It should be done by stem cuttings: cut off 3-4 inches of a healthy, green, and soft stem that is slightly above the soil, as those near the soil will have often already grown roots.
Strip off any leaves near the cutting before putting it in a separate pot with a rich and well-draining potting soil.
After it grows roots, you can repot it and enjoy your new plant. If you’re still new to all this, here’s a video showing you how to propagate this plant.
It’s important to keep in mind that gardening isn’t always fun and games. There are plenty of annoying pests which will continuously bug both you and your plants!
However, the good thing is that there is something you can do to keep your snow white waffle plant safe and sound.
The most common pests that attack snow whites are whiteflies and scale insects. You can easily get rid of these by spraying water on them. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can always seek refuge with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
Eventually, you just cut off the bitten leaves.
Time Of Blooming and Repotting
The snow white waffle plant blooms in summer and will decorate your home with ravishing bell-shaped white flowers.
This plant doesn’t grow to enormous sizes, so it doesn’t need repotting. You can always choose to put it in a small terrarium and place it on a nice flower shelf.
You can choose not to repot, which won’t affect its blooming, but if you ever find a divine new hanging basket (or the one below) that would be perfect for these magenta and green leaves to live in, you can always repot it if you choose.
Q & A
How big does a snow white waffle plant get?
These succulents are 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide.
They are short and slow growers, so you can always use one as a groundcover to decorate the area underneath some taller trees like ficus or certain kinds of palms and cactuses.
What are the benefits of a snow white waffle plant?
Snow white waffle plants purify the air, and are a perfect groundcover option due to their size. This indoor plant eliminates toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.
If their purple undersides are not enough for you to want to buy one of your own, then this superpower should do the trick!
What is the difference between a snow white waffle plant and a variegated waffle plant?
The difference between snow white waffle plants and variegated waffle plants are the white dots on their puckered green leaves.
Variegated waffle plants are just that – colorful. Their color varies from a metallic tint of green leaves and magenta edges to dark red and white.
So, if you like a nice purple color, a metallic green, or just want some company for your monstera or aloe vera, variegated waffle plants will be perfect with their color spectrum and make for a perfect living room decoration!
Waffle Plant Varieties
The Snow white waffle plant is not the only type of these alluring succulents.
The Purple waffle plant, or red ivy and Colorata exotica, are perfect for the hot blooded, but the belgian waffle or dragon’s tongue would also be an excellent option.
Whichever you choose, just give them plenty of water and keep them away from direct sun, and your succulent garden will be shining in no time!
Snow white waffle plants are perfect indoor plants because they do not require constant care, only a little water and indirect sunlight. If you take care of them, they will reward your efforts with colorful leaves and wonderful white flowers for many years to come.
Until next time!
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