String of Nickels
Dischidia nummularia, aka String of Nickels or Button Orchid, is a super cute, trailing succulent, and can form a dense mass of lemon-lime-coloured foliage. Native to Southeast Asia, this epiphyte, which is an organism that grows on other plants for physical support, produces flat, round leaves on stems that can grow up to 3 meters long - it's no wonder where this plant gets its common name from!
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They like the soil to be relatively dry before the next watering. That usually takes about 2 weeks in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but for them, it's always safer to underwater or water when you see signs of lack of water (i.e. droopy, floppy, or soft leaves). Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
They are fairly drought tolerant, so don't be too alarmed if you forget to water now and then. They also have a relatively shallow root system, which means that frequent repottings are not necessary at all. To encourage a fuller plant, lay some trailing stems on the soil, lightly pressing the leaf nodes into the soil so that they are making contact but not completely buried, this is where new roots and growth will form if the plant is kept in bright light!
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.