I got this plant at my grocery store, but the tag inserted in the dirt did not show a name. It only called it a “tropical plant” and gave its light, water, and temperature needs. I want to know more so I can look it up myself. I would appreciate your help in identifying it.
Your picture is very dark but I think you bought a Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternata).
Let me know if it looks like this picture? (Photo by Dr. Stanley Kays)
Here are a few care tips;
Water your waffle plant whenever the top 2 to 4 inches of soil feels dry. Water thoroughly, until the water comes out the bottom drip holes in the pot.
Fertilize a Waffle Plant once a month during spring and summer with a 5-10-5 fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.. with a ratio such as 5-10-5.
Pinch the tips of a Waffle Plant to keep the plant compact, full, and bushy.