Dischidia ruscifolia Decne. ex Becc.
Dischidia ruscifolia is a sprawling or climbing plant with slender green stems densely decorated with pairs of succulent heart-shaped leaves. The stems are repeatedly branched near the base and grow up to 3.3 feet (1 m) long. Leaves are green with prominent veins and a red tinge in intense light. They are up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long.
The tiny axillary flowers are white, appear throughout the year, and remain for long periods.
Dischidia ruscifolia is native to the Philippines. It grows in dense clumps and clusters on overhead tree branches.
USDA hardiness zone 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Allow the soil to dry out before you water the plant. They are used to get moisture only from dew and the air and cannot tolerate boggy media. When the bark medium is dry to the touch, submerge the container in water until the air bubbles are gone.
Dischidia also needs high humidity. Mist the plant daily or place the container on a saucer filled with pebbles and water. The water will evaporate and moisten the air, while the pebbles will hold the sensitive roots out of the water.
Dischidia doesn't really need fertilizer, but you should change the planting media yearly. If you wish, apply a liquid plant food diluted by half when you water, beginning in spring and stopping by early fall.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Dischidia.
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