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Dischidia platyphylla

Though a relative of the much loved Hoya genus, this fascinating Dischidia is relatively unknown within the plant community. What we do know is that this mysterious epiphyte is also known as the ‘Shingle Plant’ due to the way it’s uniquely floppy and flubby leaves overlap each other as they attach themselves to a surface. It has a beautifully symbiotic relationship with ants too. The little critters bring in nutrients for the plant and fight off predatory insects and in exchange, the Dischidia provides them shelter and refuge after a long hard day. As a native of rainforests, it likes bright but diffused dappled light, and like many other epiphytes, wants to dry out a bit in between waters. Though it may not be well known, there is no denying this plant’s understated coolness.

Watering

In summer water thoroughly only when 100% of the soil has dried out. A/W allow soil to dry 100% - water sparingly (every two months). In spring gradually increase watering - depending on temp and light exposure.

Light requirements

Bright.

Feed

Use a cactus fertiliser 2-3 times a year. 

Repotting

Repot or change soil every 3 years.

Pot size / height

See available sizes below.

Plant is supplied in its nursery pot.

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