Snow White Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata)

Hemigraphis alternata ‘Snow White’ is also known as Waffle Plant. Indeed a stunning houseplant. For instance, her light green foliage is variegated with white and pink edges. Additionally, her undersides are magenta-purple. 
Furthermore, she hates drying out, so do not let it wilt. Undoubtedly popular for her cascading foliage. Additionally, with a pink-purple metallic tint. As an added bonus, this exquisite houseplant blooms bell-shaped, white flowers in summer. In addition to its beauty, purple waffle plants are easy to grow indoors. Perfect as an  attractive groundcover in warmer climates.

PLANT TYPE

  • Perennial

SIZE

  • 6-8″ tall
  • 12-24″ wide

ZONES

  • USDA 10-11

GROWING CONDITIONS

FEATURES

Sun Exposure

Part shade

Water Needs

Keep consistently moist

Soil Needs

Rich, well-draining

Temperature

60-80°F (15-26°C)

Soil pH

6.1-6.5 Acid - Neutral

Foliage Color

Evergreen Other: pink, green, and white

Foliage Season

Evergreen

Flower Color

White

Flower Season

Summer

Hemigraphis alternata love bright, indirect light or partial shade outside. Although not direct sunlight, as the leaves may scorch or bleach. Direct sun can also cause the leaves to fade, losing their rich vibrant colors. Waffle plants also do well under artificial lights, making them perfect for offices.
Waffle Plants enjoy a moderate amount of moisture in the soil at all times. Never let the soil become soggy, as this can cause root rot and kill your plant. A perfect example of the desired moisture is a sponge that has been wrung out. The rule of thumb is to water when the top half-inch of soil has dried out. Keep in mind that container plants will generally need more frequent watering than those planted in the ground.
‘Snow White’ loves warm temperatures and high humidity. Indoors a temperature between 60-80°F (15-26°C) will make them happy. Bring plants indoors before temperatures dip below 50°F (10°C) as they are frost sensitive. Avoid drafts or any extreme temperatures. If you need to increase the humidity try occasionally misting your Waffle Plant in the morning. Another great option is to place your pot in a tray full of pebbles and water, as long as the bottom of the pot isn’t touching the water. A perfect addition to a warm steamy bathroom.
Organic potting soil that is rich and well draining is perfect for waffle plants. If planted in the ground add a layer of compost to enrich the soil. A pH range from 6.1-6.5 (acidic – neutral) is best. A slow-release 6-12-6 houseplant fertilizer will provide a steady diet of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash for healthy growth.
Waffle plants are fast growers, forming new roots at each growth node as it spreads. Propagation is a no-brainer for plants that spread this way. Choose a healthy, actively growing stem and cut 3-4 inches off. Cut just below one of the nodes. If you take a stem that lies close to the soil, roots may already be forming. Strip off any leaves on the bottom half of the cutting. If preferred, dip your cutting in a rooting hormone (optional). Plant your cutting in a pot with rich potting soil and good drainage. Keep it consistently damp until you see new growth.
Waffle plants are able to resist most pests. Occasionally, whiteflies or scale insects appear. Blast them loose with a hard spray of water. If that doesn’t not eradicate them, then a horticultural oil or an insecticidal soap should do the trick. Trim damaged leaves or stems. Learn more about pest eradication here.
Within the main species, Hemigraphis alternata, there are a few different varieties. 
Purple Waffle Plant:  The most common variety. Green-topped foliage, with purple bottom leaves. Reddish-purple stems extend outward from the center of the plant. Buy it here.
Silver Waffle Plant: Metallic silver leaves and purple stems on this unique variety of hemigraphis (waffle plant). Buy it: Silver Waffle Plant – Hemigraphis, Hirt’s Gardens, $4.99
‘Belgian Waffle’:  Green upper leaves, edged with a cream color. That edging may extend partway into the leaf’s center, creating a mottled pattern. Hints of purple peer out from beneath the leaves.
Colorata Exotica Purple: Green-topped leaves with stunning purple on bottom. Perfect as an Aquatic plant that will produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to enhance water quality in your aquarium. Adding live aquarium plant not only beneficial for the natural ecosystem but also giving shelter and security place for your aquarium pets. Buy it: Hemigraphis Colorata Exotica Purple, GREENPROUSA, $14.99
‘Snow White’: light green foliage variegated with white and pink edges, and magenta-purple undersides. Buy it here.

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