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How to Take Care of a Waffle Plant

By Sarah Terry ; Updated September 21, 2017

The waffle plant (Hemigraphis spp.) is a warmth- and humidity-loving plant that’s typically grown indoors as a houseplant. Waffle plants are easy to care for, as long as they receive enough moisture, and they can even grow in low-light conditions. Waffle plants are grown for their attractive, showy foliage. The leaves are commonly purplish-red on the undersides and grayish-green on the upper surfaces with upright or trailing stems. Waffle plants are best grown in hanging baskets so the stems can trail downward. In tropical climates, waffle plants can be grown as ground covers.

Place your waffle plant in full, direct sunlight, such as beside a bright, east-, west- or south-facing window. Maintain air temperatures around the plant of 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water your waffle plant thoroughly when the topmost layer of potting soil begins to dry out, providing water until it drains from the bottom of the pot. Keep the potting soil evenly moistened, and use warm water.

Feed your waffle plant once every two weeks while it’s actively growing during spring and summer. Apply a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer and follow the dosage instructions on the label.

Mist your waffle plant daily or once every two to three days with warm, lime-free water. Also, to increase humidity, fill the drainage dish with pebbles and water, ensuring the pot is on top of the pebbles and not sitting in the water.

Repot your waffle plant once each year in spring, transferring it into a container that’s the next size up. Pot the waffle plant into a container that has drainage holes in the bottom and is filled with a rich potting soil, such as a mix made for African violets or a mixture of equal parts leaf mold (humus) and peat moss.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Water-soluble houseplant fertilizer
  • Water spray bottle
  • Lime-free water
  • Planter pots
  • African violet potting mix
  • Peat moss
  • Leaf mold

Tip

  • You can propagate your waffle plant by taking stem cuttings during spring through fall. Insert the severed end of the stem cutting into a container filled with moist peat moss and perlite, and then cover the pot with a plastic bag and set it in indirect light. The cutting should root in 7 to 10 days.

Warning

  • Don't allow the potting mix to dry out or become waterlogged, because this can cause severe damage to the waffle plant and even death.

About the Author

 

Sarah Terry brings over 10 years of experience writing novels, business-to-business newsletters and a plethora of how-to articles. Terry has written articles and publications for a wide range of markets and subject matters, including Medicine & Health, Eli Financial, Dartnell Publications and Eli Journals.