Dischidia Ruscifolia

A Beginner's Guide to Dischidia Ruscifolia Plant Care | All you Need to Grow!

Family: Apocynaceae
Common Name: Ant Plant, Million Hearts
Botanical Name: Dischidia ruscifolia

Are you looking for an indoor plant with leaves that remind you to spread love and kindness? Dischidia ruscifolia (Million Hearts) sends the message with every heart-shaped leaf. These low-maintenance indoor plants love bright indirect light and above-average humidity levels. Be sure to water the soil once it has completely dried. These lovely houseplants will produce tiny white flowers at the base of their leaves when they receive over 6 hours of indirect sunlight daily! learn more about how to care for Million Hearts!

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Light

Dischidia ruscifolia like heaps of bright, indirect sunlight and will be right at home if they can make contact for at least 6 hours each day (indirect contact, that is!). Dischidias can tolerate medium light, but they'll become weak and leggy and produce fewer leaves in lower light. To avoid this, ensure these wax vines are close to an east, or north-facing window or set back from a south or west-facing window.  Learn where to put your plants for the best light!

Water

Soak the soil thoroughly until the water drains out of the drainage holes, let your dischidia partially dry out between watering. You'll need to water more when they're receiving more light, so adjust accordingly. Avoid over-watering. When the colder months arrive, cut back on watering; in wintertime. If the soil becomes compacted, place the entire root ball into a bowl of room temperature water for 5-10 minutes, or until the water has been completely absorbed! This will soften up the soil and allow for better drainage!

Soil

Potting soil that is rich in nutrients and organic matter, but still has the ability to drain well and is light and airy is the perfect growing medium for Million Hearts Plant. Most coco coir or peat-based potting soil mixes will be adequate but make sure that they do not contain water-retentive crystals as they can cause the soil to continually stay moist causing root rot. Re-pot your dischidia only when the roots are bound. Dischidias take a long time to develop mature roots so it is very unlikely you will need to transplant them any time soon! If you are feeling adventurous and think it’s time to re-pot then try creating your own potting soil!

Temperature

Dischidias love warm environments - 65-85 - and should be kept away from drafty windows and doorways during the colder months. When the temperatures are hot and stagnant, we recommend using a fan to provide good air circulation! Moving air helps keep pests and diseases, and fungus away! Temperatures that are too hot cause restricted development. For the best results, keep your dischidias away from air conditioners, heaters, and other cold or hot air sources.

Humidity

Although Million Hearts can handle most household humidity levels, they will grow more rapidly when the humidity is higher than 60%. Do what you can to increase the humidity for these tropical, hanging, indoor plants. Try adding pebble trays filled with water under your indoor plants, group plants together, or use a cool-mist humidifier. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!

Fertilizer

Fertilize with a complete liquid fertilizer (diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength) or fish emulsion twice a month during the spring and summer. You can also apply a top dressing of worm castings or compost in the spring, as this acts as a slow-release fertilizer. Only fertilize during the growing season (spring through summer).

Growth Rate

The Dischidia Plant is a slow to moderate growing plant and can develop 4'+ vines indoors when grown in optimal conditions!

Pet Friend or Foe

Dischidias are toxic to pets. Foe!

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Pro Tips

  1. Million Hearts tolerate being root-bound so don't be so quick to re-pot!
  2. You can train your dischidias to grow up a pole or some other support as their aerial roots will cling to the surface as the vines grow.
  3. When you find the right spot for your Million Hearts Plant, and it is living its best life, try not to relocate it.
  4. If the soil becomes compacted from infrequent watering, soak the soil in water for ten minutes to open the capillaries. This will loosen up the soil.
  5. If your plant isn't thriving, try to flush the soil of possible salt and mineral build-up. Place the potted plant under running water for a few minutes as this will help leach out the excess minerals and salts!
  6. Find out the do’s and don’ts for your new indoor plants!

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