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Watermelon Plant

Dischidia ovata

("diss-SHID-ee-yah oh-VAH-tah")

£35.00
Hanging
Patterned
Dischidia ovata, commonly known as the Watermelon Plant, is an epiphytic climbing or hanging plant known for its fleshy leaves that have a pattern resembling watermelon skins (hence the common name). The Watermelon Plant comes from the tropical rain forests of New Guinea and Queensland. Most species of Dischidia grow in ants' nests high in the jungle canopy, and some even grow special leaves with cavities that act as stores or shelter for the ants, and as pockets to capture water and organic materials into which its own roots can grow.

Until recently, this has been a fairly obscure houseplant, and its biology has been little understood. However, it is easy to look after and does well as both a trailing plant from a high place, or it can be trained to climb around a moss pole or frame of canes. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots - read more here.

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Height

40-50cm but vines can trail over 1m in length

foli8 Coir Pot Size - read here

14cm

Country of Origin

New Guinea and Northern Queensland

Habitat Conditions

This is a plant of the hot, humid rainforests of New Guinea and Tropical Far North Queensland. The plants are epiphytes, which means that they grow among the canopies of tall jungle trees. All the water and nutrients they get in the wild have to be found among the leaves and branches of their host trees.

Plant Care

Light

Medium - medium high. Avoid direct sunlight

Watering

Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Regular misting with tepid water is beneficial

Pruning

The vines can be trimmed to keep them to a desired length. The vines are likely to branch below the cut.

Feeding

Dilute fertilizer added to the water whenever you water the plant will be ideal.

Pest & Diseases

Likely to be susceptible to mealybugs and spider mites. Mealybugs should be removed by cleaning the plant, or by cutting off heavily infested foliage. Regualar misting with tepid water will deter spider mites, as will keeping the plant in a humid place, such as a bathroom.
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