The Million Hearts Plant ‘Dischidia Ruscifolia’

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This plant is a native of the Philippines and a sub-shrub. It is called the million hearts plant due to its heart-shaped leaves. Its stem branches severally at the base and grows to about one meter in length.

Scientific Name:Dischidia Ruscifolia  
Other Names:Million Hearts, Million Hearts Vine
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 11- 12
Average Mature Height & Width:It is a vining plant with an average mature length of about one meter. The branching of the stems creates a radius as wide as the length of the individual stems.
Dormancy:It goes dormant in winter
Toxicity:It is non-toxic to humans and pets when touched or ingested.
Dischidia Ruscifolia Summary

Dischidia Ruscifolia Physical Characteristics

Its stems are trailing but often arch under the weight of the plant’s thick leaves. The distance between leaves is always precise the stem’s base sometimes turns yellowish green. Its leaves are succulent and thick with a heart-shaped appearance. New leaves are reddish but mature ones have a consistent green color on both the top and the bottom. Each leaf is less than a centimeter long and pretty hard, giving it the feel of a bead. The foliage will develop a red tinge if grown in direct sunlight.

Dischidia Ruscifolia’s flowers grow either individually or in pairs. They are small, non-showy, and have no fragrance. The flower’s corolla is just 5 mm wide on average and they have five pointed pure white petals.

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Dischidia Rusfolia 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 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.

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 Ruscifolia Growth

It is an excellent plant for a hanging basket that you can propagate 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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