Dischidia ovata, also known as Watermelon Dischidia, is a cousin of the Hoya plant. It is easy to grow and can make a great addition to your collection of houseplants!
This plant has leaves that are shaped like eggs, and it's called "ovata" because of this. The leaves have a pattern that looks like the rind of a watermelon, which is why it's called the Watermelon Dischidia.
Dischidia plants come in over 100 different species and are found in tropical areas of Asia. They can grow well in different types of light, but it's best to put them in filtered, bright indirect light. If you give them too much direct sunlight, their leaves may turn red, but this is normal.
Dischidia plants are used to having a lot of air circulation around them and need a potting mix that has good drainage. If the plant stays wet for too long, it can start to rot.
No barrier between the plant and the light source. Ex: Directly under a grow light, in a sunny window with no curtains or trees.
Low Humidity: Ideally Above 40%
This Hoya tolerates a drier environment. However, it could still benefit from light humidity care, including misting and grouping together with other houseplants. May require humidifier in cooler, drier months.
Loves Heat: Lowest 70F/21C
This hoya does not do well in cold conditions, so be sure to keep in a greenhouse or other temperature controlled space.
This plant has evolved to shift color when exposed to bright sunlight, much like a human getting a tan. This does not harm the plant with proper care.