OVERVIEW+ Comes in an 6" hanging plastic container.
Dischidia are often considered Hoya cousins. They are an epiphytic plant that is native to Asia and Australia, and can be found climbing many different items in nature. They are great as hanging plants, and get their name from their distinct oval shaped leaves with white markings resembling watermelons. They are also considered a slow growing Dischidia. They get the infamous name "ant plant" because they attract ants to them and in turn feed off the dead ants, leading to a symbiotic relationship with the insects.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynacea (milkweed plant) / Dischidia
Dischidia Oiatha / Ant Plant
Typically reaches around 3 feet in length when grown in a hanging basket.
Dischidia do not prefer temperatures below 50 degrees F.
Low Maintenance / Great beginner plant
Dischidia prefers bright indirect light with some partial shade.
They like their soil to be dried out before a new watering. Being an epiphytic they are used to getting their moisture from the air, and do not tolerate boggy medium. They also prefer high humidity, so make sure to mist the plant every day, or place on pebble tray.
A good mix of 50% potting soil (or coir) to 50% bark (or coconut husks).
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes. They blossom very tiny bell-shaped flowers.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
All Dischidia are considered toxic (as they produce sap similar to the milkweed), but not necessarily poisonous, the amount of ingestion varies from animal, but on a whole the ASPCA regards them as safe to have around pets and children.
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes. These can be propagated anytime using stem tip cuttings. Simply cut off a stem, strip off the bottom leaves, and water propagate it until new roots form (usually a couple of weeks); when formed, stick in soil.
Common Pests: Spider Mites / Common diseases: root rot due to overwatering.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.