How to grow and care for Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) Indoors

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Watermelon Discidia, Dischidia ovata

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Botanical name: Dischidia ovata
Family: Apocynaceae

Watermelon Dischidia Description

Watermelon Dischidia also called Dischidia ovata 'Watermelon' is a fast growing plant which bears oval shaped leaves with markings which resemble the rind of the watermelon fruit and hence the common name, 'Watermelon Dischidia'.

The trailing stems in Watermelon Dischidia cascade beautifully down the sides of a pot or a hanging basket or a pedestal.

The stems bear tiny roots at at every node (where the leaf joins the stem) by which they attach the plant to the growing medium or any surface they come into contact with.

Watermelon Dischidia Origin

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) is native to India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Australia where it grows as an epiphyte on trees.

Buy beautiful Dischidia ovata (Watermelon Dischidia) from Etsy.

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Watermelon Discidia, Dischidia ovata

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Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) Care Indoors

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) Care is easy when the right growing conditions are provided. It grows best in bright light away from direct sunlight and moderately moist soil.

Dischidia ovata requires warm temperatures and free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Continue reading for a detailed account on the best growing conditions for Watermelon Dischidia.

Watermelon Dischidia Light Requirements

Watermelon Dischidia grows best in bright light with some morning sunshine but away from direct hot sunshine. It can also grow under a grow light where the natural light is not adequate.

Low light results in a leggy plant while too much sunlight causes the leaves to turn reddish. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Watermelon Dischidia

Water Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) moderately during the growing season and allow the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

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

Ensure that the pot for your Dischidia ovata has a drainage hole and the soil is loose and free-draining to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.


Temperature for Watermelon Dischidia

Average warmth between 18-260C during the growing season is ideal for Watermelon Dischidia.

Keep your Dischidia ovata away from draughts as it does not like sudden changes in the temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Watermelon Dischidia

Average room humidity is ideal for Watermelon Dischidia. Watermelon Dischidia has no need for high humidity.

Ensure good air circulation for your Dischidia ovata to prevent fungal diseases.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Watermelon Dischidia

Feed Dischidia ovata twice during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer. Watermelon Dischidia is not a heavy feeder so be careful when feeding.

Withhold feeding for your Watermelon Dischidia in the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to repot Watermelon Dischidia

Watermelon Dischidia 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 rotting.

Use a shallow pot for your Dischidia ovata and be careful not to bury the stems to prevent rotting.

Watermelon Dischidia Soil

The best soil for Watermelon Dischidia 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.

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

How to prune Watermelon Dischidia

Pruning Watermelon Dischidia involves removal of any dead leaves and stems to keep the plant neat and tidy.

Trim the stems of your Dischidia ovata at the beginning of the growing season if they become straggly to rejuvenate growth.

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) Propagation

Watermelon Dischidia can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Watermelon Dischidia from stem cuttings

Take 3-5 in. stem cuttings from a healthy Dischidia ovata. Ensure each cutting has 2-3 leaf nodes.

Allow the cuttings to dry (callus) for about 3-5 days to avoid rotting.

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

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

Allow substancial growth before transplanting your new Watermelon Dischidia after which you can begin routine care.

Watermelon Discidia, Dischidia ovata

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Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) Problems Indoors

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) problems indoors are mainly due to cultural faults. They include yellowing leaves, dropping leaves, brown leaves, dying, pests, root-rot among others. Read on for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.

Why is my Watermelon Dischidia yellowing?

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) leaves may turn yellow due to overwatering, underwatering, little light, cold drafts, pests and underfeeding among other reasons.

Read more on 12 Reasons for Watermelon Dischidia Yellowing Leaves and How to Fix Them

Why is my Watermelon Dischidia dying?

Watermelon Dischidia may be dying due to a number of reasons. One of the reasons why your Dischidia Ovata is dying is root-rot disease which is brought about by soggy soil.

Ensure that the pot for your Dischidia ovata has a drainage hole and that the soil is free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy.

Also, avoid overwatering especially during the cold season 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 Watermelon Dischidia dropping leaves?

Watering Watermelon Dischidia with very cold water is one cause of leaf drop.

Water your Dischidia ovata with water that is at room temperature to avoid shocking this tropical plant.

The second cause of leaf drop (loss) in your Watermelon Dischidia is underwatering.

Water your Watermelon Dischidia 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.

Why does my Watermelon Dischidia have brown dry leaf spots?

Brown dry leaf spots in your Watermelon Dischidia are due to underwatering.

Water your Dischidia ovata moderately during the growing season while allowing the top 2-3 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely.

Why are the leaves of my Watermelon Dischidia wilted and discolored?

Overwatering during the cold season is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves in your Watermelon Dischidia.

Reduce watering for your Dischidia ovata during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time.

Also, ensure the pot for your Watermelon Dischidia has a drainage hole and the soil is loose and free-draining to avoid getting soggy soil.

Why is my Watermelon Dischidia rotting at base of the stem?

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

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

Why does my Watermelon Dischidia have elongated stems?

Elongated stems in Watermelon Dischidia during the cold season is due to too much water; water less and maintain the soil barely moist.

If elongated stems in your Dischidia ovata happens during the growing season, then the cause is too little light.

Watermelon Dischidia prefers bright light with some direct morning sunshine. Too little light will cause the plant to grow weak, elongated stems in an attempt to reach the light source.

Watermelon Dischidia diseases

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) diseases; Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the diseases.

Watermelon Dischidia pests

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) 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 Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) toxic?

Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata) produces a milky sap which can irritate the skin. Always wear gloves when handling your Watermelon Dischidia.

Watermelon Dischidia is considered toxic to both humans and pets if ingested.

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