Dischidia Ruscifolia 'Variegata'
+ Comes in an 6" plastic container.
Dischidia are often considered Hoya cousins. They are an epiphytic plant that is native to Asia (the Ruscifolia originating from the Philippines) and can be found climbing many different items in nature. They have stiff slender shoots that can grow up to 3 feet, which are densely decorated in heart shaped leaves. This is a great hanging pot plant and is considered a fast grower.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Apocynacea (milkweed plant) / Dischidia
Dischidia Ruscifolia / Million Hearts Hoya
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
The Dischidia Ruscifolia prefers bright indirect light. Some morning sun is fine, but harsh afternoon sun is not recommended for this delicate leafed plant.
They like their soil to be dried out before a new watering. Being an epiphytic they are use 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 white flowers near the base of the leaves throughout the year, don't let their size full you though, they pack a wonderful smell.
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.