How to grow and care for String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) Indoors

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String of Nickels Plant, Dischidia nummularia

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Botanical name: Dischidia nummularia
Family: Apocynaceae
Common names: String of Nickels Plant, Button Orchid

String of Nickels Plant Description

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) also called Button Orchid is a trailing succulent plant which forms a dense mass of greenish-yellow foliage.

The stems in String of Nickels Plant can grow upto 3 metres long and cascade beautifully downwards in a hanging basket or on a pedestal.

The leaves in String of Nickels Plant are opposite and round and look like numerous coins, hence the common name "String of Nickels".

The young leaves in String of Nickels Plant often have a powdery bloom. The flowers are white to yellowish-white.

String of Nickels Plant Origin

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) is native to India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Australia where it grows as an epiphyte on trees.

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Other Dischidia Plants for Growing Indoors

• Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia)

• Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata)

String of Nickels Plant, Dischidia nummularia

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String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) Care Indoors

String of Nickels Plant Light Requirements

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) grows best in bright light with some morning sunshine. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.

Low light for String of Nickels Plant results in a leggy plant while direct hot sunlight can scorch the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water String of Nickels Plant

Water String of Nickels Plant moderately during the growing season and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Significantly reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as the growth of String of Nickels Plant is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Ensure that the pot for your String of Nickels Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.


Temperature for String of Nickels Plant

Average warmth between 18-260C during the growing season is ideal for your String of Nickels Plant.

Keep String of Nickels Plant away from draughts as it does not like sudden changes in the temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for String of Nickels Plant

Average room humidity is ideal for String of Nickels Plant. It has no need for high humidity.

Ensure good air circulation for your String of Nickels Plant to prevent fungal diseases.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for String of Nickels Plant

Feed String of Nickels Plant twice during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer. String of Nickels Plant is not a heavy feeder so be careful when feeding.

Withhold feeding for your String of Nickels Plant in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot String of Nickels Plant

String of Nickels has a small root system so frequent repotting is not necessary. Repot the plant at the beginning of the growing season only when it becomes crowded in its current pot.

Use a pot 1 size larger than the current one and ensure that it has a drainage hole to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Use a shallow pot and be careful not to bury the stems to prevent rotting.

String of Nickels Plant Soil

The best soil for String of Nickels Plant should be rich in organic matter, loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil. The soil should be loose enough to allow water to drain out fast enough.

String of Nickels Plant is prone to root-rot if the soil gets soggy (retains too much water), therefore, Cactus and Succulents Soil is ideal for String of Nickels Plant as it drains easily.

How to prune String of Nickels Plant

Pruning String of Nickels Plant involves removal of any dead leaves and stems to keep the plant neat and tidy.

Trim the stems of your String of Nickels Plant at the beginning of the growing season if they become straggly to rejuvenate growth.

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) Propagation

String of Nickels Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate String of Nickels Plant from stem cuttings

Take 3-5 in. stem cuttings from a healthy String of Nickels Plant. Ensure each cutting has 2-3 leaf nodes.

Allow the cuttings to dry (callus) for about 7 days to avoid rotting.

Press the cut end into moist, free-draining soil or lay the string on top of the soil and lightly press the leaf nodes into the soil.

Ensure the rooting container has adequate drainage holes to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until the cuttings are rooted.

Allow substancial growth before transplanting the new String of Nickels Plant after which you can begin routine care.

String of Nickels Plant, Dischidia nummularia

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String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) Problems Indoors

Why is my String of Nickels Plant dying?

Dischidia nummularia may be dying due to several reasons. One reason why String of Nickels Plant is dying is root-rot disease which is brought about by soggy soil.

Ensure the pot for your String of Nickels Plant has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy.

Also, reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time, therefore, the plant does not use as much water as when it is actively growing.

Read more on 11 Reasons Why Dischidia Plant is Dying and How to Fix Them

Why is my String of Nickels Plant dropping leaves?

String of Nickels Plant dropping (falling) leaves can be due to many and varied reasons. One cause of leaf drop in String of Nickels Plant is watering with very cold water.

Water your String of Nickels Plant with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.

The second cause of dropping (falling) leaves in your String of Nickels Plant is underwatering.

Water your String of Nickels Plant moderately and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings but never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

Read more on 12 reasons why String of Nickels Plant is dropping leaves and how to fix them

Why is my String of Nickels Plant yellowing?

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) leaves may turn yellow due to overwatering, little light, undefeeding, pests and poor quality soil among others.

Read more on 12 Reasons for String of Nickels Plant Yellowing Leaves and How to Fix Them

Why does my String of Nickels Plant have brown dry leaf spots?

Brown dry leaf spots in String of Nickels Plant are due to underwatering.

Water String of Nickels Plant moderately during the growing season while allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Why are the leaves of my String of Nickels Plant shrivelled (wilted and discolored)?

Shrivelled (wilted and discolored) leaves in String of Nickels Plant are due to overwatering during the cold period.

Reduce watering for your String of Nickels Plant during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Also, ensure the pot for your String of Nickels Plant has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

Why is my String of Nickels Plant rotting at base of the stem?

Rotting plant base and stems collapse in String of Nickels is an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Avoid overwatering during the cold season. Use the upper stem to propagate new plants and discard the infected parts.

Why does my String of Nickels Plant have elongated stems?

Elongated stems in String of Nickels plant during the cold season is due to too much water; water less and maintain the soil barely moist.

If elongated stems in your String of Nickels plant happens during the growing season, then the cause is too little light.

String of Nickels Plant prefers bright light with some direct morning sunlight. Too little light will cause the plant to grow weak, elongated stems in an attempt to reach the light source.

String of Nickels Plant Diseases

String of Nickels Plant diseases; Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

String of Nickels Plant Pests

String of Nickels Plant pests; Mealy Bugs, Aphids, Scale Insects and Spider Mites. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) toxic?

String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia) produces a milky sap which can irritate the skin. Always wear gloves when handling your String of Nickels Plant.

String of Nickels Plant is considered toxic to both humans and pets if ingested.

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