Aug 23rd, 2022
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Dischidia ruscifolia, more commonly known as Million Hearts. This plant belongs to the Apocynaceae plant family, just like Adenium, Pachypodium, and Plumeria, and is native to the Philippines. Dischidia ruscifolia has small, heart-shaped succulent leaves arranged in a zig-zag pattern on long, stiff arching stems. The variety we carry at Tonkadale is variegated making it all the more precious. Dischidias do flower, but make sure to not miss it! Their tiny white flowers pop up between each node and smell delicious.
Let’s talk about care. With a bit of practice, Dischidia ruscifolia is an easy-care plant. Dischidias are epiphytes meaning, in the wild, they naturally growing on trees and other plants just like orchids and bromeliads. In this case, we would recommend using a chunky orchid soil to mimic its natural habitat. Espoma’s Orchid Mix is a great option that will allow for optimum air flow are good drainage. When it comes to watering, allow your plant to drr down between waterings. When it’s time to water, give it a good soak. Dischidia ruscifolia likes bright. indirect light or filtered light. Morning or East facing sun is the perfect location! Common pests to keep an eye out for include mealy bugs and spider mites. Make sure to have a bottle of Bonide’s Insecticidal Soap on hand for easy treatment. Check for pests weekly when watering.