How to grow and care for Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) Indoors

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Million Hearts Plant, Dischidia ruscifolia

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Botanical name: Dischidia ruscifolia
Family: Apocynaceae

Million Hearts Plant Description

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) is an easy to grow plant which bears numerous heart-shaped leaves on trailing stems and hence the common name, 'Million Hearts Plant'.

The trailing stems in Million Hearts Plant cascade beautifully along the sides of a pot or in a hanging basket.

Million Hearts Plant Flower

The Million Hearts Plant readily and oftenly flowers when grown indoors. The flowers are white, tiny and very fragrant.

Million Hearts Plant Origin

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) is native to Philippines where it grows as an epiphyte on top of trees, attaching itself to the trees by means of its tiny roots borne at the leaf nodes.

Buy beautiful Dischidia ruscifolia (Million Hearts Plant) from Etsy.

Other Dischidia Plants for Growing Indoors

• Watermelon Dischidia (Dischidia ovata)

• String of Nickels Plant (Dischidia nummularia)

Million Hearts Plant, Dischidia ruscifolia

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Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) Care Indoors

Million Hearts Plant Light Requirements

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) grows best in bright light with some morning sunshine but away from hot direct 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 direct sunlight will cause the leaves to turn reddish. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Million Hearts Plant

Water Million Hearts Plant 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 Million Hearts Plant is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

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


Temperature for Million Hearts Plant

Average warmth between 18-300C during the growing season is ideal for Million Hearts Plant.

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

Humidity for Million Hearts Plant

Average room humidity is ideal for Million Hearts Plant. Million Hearts Plant has no need for high humidity but is benefits from regular misting of the leaves.

Ensure good air circulation for your Million Hearts Plant to prevent fungal diseases.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Million Hearts Plant

Feed Dischidia ruscifolia twice during the growing season with a succulents fertilizer. Million Hearts Plant is not a heavy feeder so be careful when feeding.

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

How to repot Million Hearts Plant

Million Hearts Plant 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 and one that has a drainage hole to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot disease.

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

Million Hearts Plant Soil

Being an epiphyte, the best soil for Million Hearts Plant should be rich in organic matter, loose, free-draining bark soil to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.

Most orchid potting mixes are ideal for Dischidia ruscifolia. Buy quality Orchid Potting Mix for your Million Hearts Plant from Etsy.

How to prune Million Hearts Plant

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

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

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) Propagation

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

How to propagate Million Hearts Plant from stem cuttings

Take 3-5 in. stem cuttings from a healthy Dischidia ruscifolia. 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, loose, free-draining soil or lay the string 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 the new Million Hearts Plant after which routine care can begin.

Million Hearts Plant, Dischidia ruscifolia

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Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia)Problems Indoors

Why is my Million Hearts Plant dying?

Million Hearts Plant may be dying due to a number of reasons. One reason why your Million Hearts Plant is dying is root-rot disease which is brought about by soggy soil.

Ensure the pot for Dischidia ruscifolia has a drainage hole and that the soil is loose, free-draining soil 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 Million Hearts Plant yellowing?

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) leaves may turn yellow due to overwatering, underwatering, little light, cold drafts, pests and underfeeding among other reasons.

Read more on 12 Reasons for Million Hearts Plant Yellowing Leaves and their Remedies

Why is my Million Hearts Plant dropping leaves?

Watering Million Hearts Plant with very cold water is one cause of dropping leaves.

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

The second cause of leaf fall in your Million Hearts Plant is underwatering.

Water your Million Hearts 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.

Why does my Million Hearts Plant have brown dry leaf spots?

Brown dry leaf spots in Million Hearts Plant are due to underwatering.

Water your Dischidia ruscifolia 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 Million Hearts Plant wilted and discolored?

Overwatering during the cold period is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves in your Million Hearts Plant.

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

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

Why is my Million Hearts Plant rotting at base of the stem?

Rotting plant base and stems collapse in Million Hearts Plant 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 Dischidia ruscifolia plants and discard the infected parts.

Why does my Million Hearts Plant have elongated stems?

Elongated stems in your Million Hearts Plant during the cold season is due to too much water; water less and maintain the soil barely moist.

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

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

Million Hearts Plant diseases

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

Million Hearts Plant pests

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) 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 Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) toxic?

Million Hearts Plant (Dischidia ruscifolia) produces a milky sap which can irritate the skin. Always wear gloves when handling your Million Hearts Plant.

Million Hearts Plant is considered toxic to both humans and pets if ingested.

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