Million Hearts Plant Care Summary:
In general you need to reproduce the natural environment of the million hearts plant – they are used to gowning on trees so they do not need to sit in soil or water, but they like a bark mix and love to be misted occasionally.
Million Hearts Plant Care Summary
|Light needs:||Lots of indirect sunlight|
|Watering needs:||Water once a week and mist them once or twice too.|
|Fertilizer:||Does not need feeding, but can grow quicker with a very diluted balanced feed in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||Do not use normal soil for epiphytes, use a mix of bark, perlite and sphagnum moss.|
|Humidity:||They like to be kept above average household humidity, mist it 2 or 3 times a week.|
|Temperature:||Normal household temperatures, but do not let them get too cold in winter (below 5°C (41°F)).|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Dischidia ruscifolia.|
|Common issues:||Root rot – they must not sit in wet soil.|
The million hearts plant aka dischidia ruscifolia is an epiphytic plant, which means that in the wild it does not necessarily grow in soil, but it grows on trees, using moisture and nutrients from the air and the surface of the plant it lives on. So it has some different care needs than a lot of other houseplants.
Million hearts plants love lots of indirect sunlight. But do not let them get direct sunlight.
How Often to Water A Million Hearts Plant
Water once a week and mist them once or twice too.
Million Hearts Fertilizer
Million hearts do not need feeding, but they can grow quicker if you do. You should use a balanced fertilizer, but diluted by much more than is required for normal plant, add three times the water that is normally needed so they don’t get fertilizer burn. And feed once a month in the spring and summer months.
Million Hearts Soil
Million hearts plants should not be grown in a soil mix as they are epiphytes and used to growing on other plants. A mix of bark, perlite and sphagnum moss is a better idea for these or they will die from their roots being too wet.
When To Repot A Million Hearts Plant
You do not need to repot a million hearts plant, as they should not be in normal soil. They will cling to bark mix, and this does not need to be changed unless it gets really dirty.
Keep your plant humid by misting it 2 or 3 times a week, they like to be kept above average household humidity.
Million hearts plants will do well in normal household temperatures. Do not let them get down to freezing, anything below 5°C (41°F) can damage the plant. They do not like to get too hot – keep them below 30°C (86°F) too.
Where To Buy A Million Hearts Plant
They are relatively rare, so try Etsy or Ebay for collectors selling them or try one of these Rare Plant Shops.
Other Names for Million Hearts
Million Hearts FAQs and Common Problems
Do not over water these plants, or let them sit in normal compost as they will die, remember they grow on trees in the wild and are not used to sitting in wet soil.
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