Dischidia Oiantha (syn. Dischidia Geri)

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This plant is a native of the Philippines. It is a climbing plant with a pendant growing habit that makes it ideal for a hanging basket. There are various varieties of this plant, some of which are variegated.

Family:Apocynaceae
Genus:Dischidia
Scientific Name:Dischidia Oiantha
Other Names:Dischidia geri
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:It is a vining plant that can attain an average mature length of two feet and a width of about half a foot.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It is non-toxic to humans and pets when touched or ingested.
Dischidia Oiantha Summary

Dischidia Oiantha Physical Characteristics

It has oval succulent leaves, which are its main attraction. The leaves are green with white edges but also produce tiny flowers in clusters at the node of the leaves. The flowers are circular and have a diameter of only 2 mm. They grow on the nodes. The plant’s stems are slim and trail down from trees on which it grows in nature. When domesticated, it is an ideal plant for a hanging basket.

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Dischidia Oiantha Care

The plant doesn’t require too much water owing to the water storage facilities on its leaves. It requires watering in the growing seasons. 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 winter, 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 Oiantha Growth

You can propagate the plant using stem cuttings. The flowers rarely mature to produce viable 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. 

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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