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Dischidia are from the Milkweed family (Apocynaceae) and are the sister genus of Hoya. They're epiphytic and grow in tropical parts of China and India. Their chubby leaves hold on to water and they are known for their symbiotic relationship with ants - they're sometimes referred to as 'Ant Plants'.

 

Pot: 10.5cm

Foliage: Approximately 15cm in length

 

Secrets to success

 

Temperature: Ideally between 15 and 20°C.

 

Light: These plants grow in fairly low light - their natural environment is fairly shaded by dense rainforest canopy. I'd recommend indirect light for this plant for at least half the day and avoid draughts as this could shock the plant.

 

Air Humidity: They need high humidity.

 

Watering: Keep soil moist between spring and autumn, allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering. Keep the soil drier in winter.

 

Potting mix: Dischidia enjoy a barky and coco coir mix that allows the roots to breathe. Change potting mix each year.

 

This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.

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