Dischidia Ovata (Watermelon Dischidia)

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The succulent is also known as Watermelon Dischidia. The plant is originally from New Guinea and Northern Queensland in Australia. The specific name, ovata, is due to the ovate shape of its leaves. Its leaves have light gray vines on the backdrop of dark green leaves like in the skin of a watermelon, thus its common name.

Family:Apocynaceae
Genus:Dischidia
Scientific Name:Dischidia Ovata
Other Names:Watermelon Dischidia
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 eight feet. It is unbranching, and it, therefore, doesn’t cover too much area in width.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter
Toxicity:It is non-toxic to humans and pets when touched or ingested.
Dischidia Ovata Summary

Dischidia Ovata Physical Characteristics

This plant is mainly grown for its foliage. Its leaves are glossy with a beautiful dark green hue. This plant’s specific name, ovata, is due to the ovate shape of its leaves. Its leaves have light gray vines on the backdrop of dark green leaves like in the skin of a watermelon, thus its common name. It is an epiphyte with cascading vines which give the chock of unique leaves a great appearance. It is a vining plant that can grow as long as eight feet.

It usually blooms in summer producing small, non-showy bell-shaped flowers. The flowers are yellow or purple but are covered by green sepals that considerably cover the petals. At times only a small portion of the more colorful petals is visible.

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Dischidia Ovata 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 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 Ovata 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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