Tender Loving Care Advice for Dischidia imbricata (Ant plant) in hanging basket :
Dischidia are perennials which are epiphytic rainforest plants native to Southeast Asia. These plants are also called ant plants because of a unique symbiotic relationship with ants. Ants live inside the strange balloon-like organs produced by the plant. They bring in nutrients and fend off predatory insects. In return, the plant provides a secure home. This is a fun and unique plant to grow in your home (without the ants).
Dischidia plants belong in the milkweed family. The plant produces tiny red flowers and pouch-like leaves. The plant can be grown in pine bark, substrates which are breathable, with trellis or in hanging pots. The plant is non-toxic to human and pets.
Light: It prefers medium to strong filtered light in well ventilated areas.
Water: Regular misting prefers. Plants are susceptible to root rot, avoid over watering and the use of high moisture retention substrate.
Soil: It prefers porous, breathable substrates such as coconut fibers (in chunks), fern twigs, barks etc.
Fertilizer: Apply fertilizer once every two to three months with diluted strength of balanced fertilizer.
Pests & diseases: Relatively pest resistance. The only possible common pests that bug dischidia plants include spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs. If possible, identify the infestation as early as possible and treat it with the least toxic option.
*Product photo shown is for reference only. Actual size & arrangement may differ from photo.