Dischidia Nummularia (The String Of Nickles Plant)

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This is an epiphytic climber that is generally smooth. It is a native of Australia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, China, and other regions of the Far East. Also, it occurs naturally in Australia.

Scientific Name:Dischidia nummularia
Other Names:String of Nikles, Button Orchid
Growth Season:Spring and summer
Preferred Temperature:It does best in the temperature range of between 40 and 80oF (4-27oC)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9-11
Average Mature Height & Width:A vining plant can attain an average mature length of one and a half meters. The vine can also have a width of 0.3 meters.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It is non-toxic to humans and pets when touched or ingested.
Dischidia Nummularia Summary

Dischidia Nummularia Physical Characteristics

Its stem is slender and twining, one and a half meters tall, and it produced adventitious roots on the nodes. Leaves are opposite each other. A leaf can either be orbicular or ovate with a length of between 7-14 mm and 7-10 mm. The foliage color ranges from a pale shade of olive green to yellowish brown. It flowers from an inflorescence, each of which will have one to six flowers.

The flowers aren’t too showy, but the corolla can be white or yellow. These flowers may mature into pairs of spindle-shaped plants, which have an average of 2.5-4 cm and a width of 5-8 mm. inside the fruits are viable 1 mm wide and 2 – 2.5 mm broad seeds characterized by a tuft of hair on each.

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Dischidia Nummularia Care

The plant doesn’t require too much water owing to the water storage facilities on its leaves. It requires watering in the growing season. The amount of water you give the plant varies from season to season and from location to location. The best approach is to use the soak-and-dry method so that you only water when moisture from the previous drink is depleted. You can give it a little water during its dormancy in summer, but only if you notice wilting or other indications of water distress.

It requires at least six hours of sunlight every day. The sunlight can be direct or indirect, so if you are growing the plant indoors, keep it next to an eastern or southern window, close enough to allow it to soak in the sunlight.

It grows well in a well-draining soil to allow excess water to seep. The substrate should only be moist but never waterlogged. Waterlogging causes the plant to develop root rot.

It only requires fertilizer after the original nutrients in the substrate get depleted. A liquid cactus fertilizer can be fed once per year, preferably at the beginning of spring.

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Dischidia Nummularia Growth

You can propagate the plant using stem cuttings or seeds. Stem cuttings are the easiest propagation method due to the length of available stems and the fact that the stem can quickly regenerate after cutting. Seeds are viable, but they may take longer to produce mature plants.

This succulent only requires pruning and trimming if the leaves have dried up. You would then need to cut them off to cut them off to keep the plant neat. Repotting isn’t usually necessary because the plant is small and grows relatively slowly. However, you should repot if your plant gets root bound.

It isn’t too susceptible to pests and diseases, but you should look out for mealybugs and scale insects. You should also protect it from root rot by planting on the right pottage and watering as recommended.

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