How cute is this guy? A cousin of the Hoya, Dischidia ovata is actually an epiphyte, growing happily on trees in its natural habitat. The lime green leaves vary to blushing red (the more light it gets, the redder the leaves).
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A spot by a well-lit window will do. It prefers bright filtered light. If the leaves turn red, it means its getting ample light, as long as they don't start burning. The amount of light you give it depends on what colour leaves you want. However, low light will not be suitable as the new leaves will be spaced further apart on the stem (etiolated), which just doesn't look great.
As an epiphyte, this plant does not like sitting in water. Give it a good soak when the potting medium is dry, you can even dunk it in a bath of water for a few minutes, then again only once the top half of the potting medium is dry again. You can also keep up moisture levels by misting.
Feed sparingly and at half the recommended dose.
You can re-pot every 2-3 years, as it's an epiphyte it doesn't need lots of soil, in fact too much soil in a big pot will be detrimental to growth as the excess soil will hold too much moisture, which may end up rotting the roots. The best potting mix to use is an orchid mix.
You will notice little roots growing at the nodes where the leaf meets the stem. You can propagate cuttings by placing the part where the roots are growing in water. You can also place directly in the potting medium, but will need to keep it moist for the roots to grow.
There are over 100 species of Dischidia, growing in sub-tropical regions all over the world. The name 'ovata' comes from the fact that the leaf is ovate or egg shaped
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