Dischidia oiantha is part of the Apocynaceae family and its native range is the Philippines. It is an epiphyte with oval-shaped succulent leaves. They produce small flowers that grow in clusters between the nodes.
This epiphyte will grow well in a hanging planter but if you gave it sphagnum or cork bark to climb on, it would embed it’s aerial roots and mount itself on to the substrate. In their native environment Dischidia would form dense masses as they climb and creep along tree surfaces, they thrive in higher humidity.
Genus name comes from the Greek ‘dis’ meaning twice and the Latin ‘schidius’ meaning cleft or split. The specific epithet oiantha possibly comes from the Greek ‘antha’ meaning flowered.
Hanging pot: ø 14cm
Foliage: Approximately 25cm in length.
Light: Dischidia grow in filtered sunlight in their native environment, in the home I would recommend near an east facing window for some morning sun. It is important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the majority of the mix to dry out as the mix is traditionally quite chunky, water will usually flow through quite easily. Be sure to thoroughly moisten the substrate. Pour water slowly over the top of the substrate and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A chunky well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, sphagnum moss and worm castings; you could also add some horticultural charcoal to this epiphytic mix. A simple mix of coco coir chips and sphagnum moss would work just as well.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every few waterings during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Day temperatures 12-30°C. Night temperature 12-18°C.
Humidity: Dischidia would prefer higher humidity, between 60-80%. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray, using a cloche or using a humidifier.
Dischidia aren’t considered toxic, however, they may make your pet or child vomit if ingested, keep out of reach just to be safe.