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Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)

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RATING: Moderate care. Jewel Orchids need care and attention to ensure they thrive in your home.

LOVES: High humidity. A semi-bright position, out of direct sunlight.

HATES: Being over-watered. Ensure your Jewel orchid is watered regularly but do not allow the pot to sit in water.

SIZE (approx): Pot Diameter- 12cm.

More information and care recommendations are below.


    Ludisia is a genus of orchids that contains just two species, one being the Ludisia discolor, commonly referred to as the jewel orchid. They are native to Southern China, Northeast India, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma.

    This houseplant has gorgeous deep purple-black leaves with thin stripes and its tall stems produce small white flowers. Unlike other orchids, this variety is sought after because of its foliage rather than its flowers. While most orchids grow as an epiphyte, jewel orchids prefer to grow in the ground. Very easy to propagate from cuttings.

    Quick Care Guide

    Care Difficulty: The jewel orchid has moderate care needs.

    Light requirements: Prefers bright but indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. The flowers will struggle to bloom in too little light.

    Watering: This plant likes to be kept moist so allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings the leaves may droop if not getting enough water. In winter, reduce watering to avoid root rot.

    Humidity: Prefers a slightly more humid environment so make sure you are misting frequently or using a humidifier. Bathrooms and kitchens can also provide a more humid environment.

    Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets.

    Feeding: Enjoys a feed several times during spring and summer.

    Repotting: A slow growing plant repotting only needs to be done every 2 years, increasing the pot size by 1-2 inches as Jewel orchids tend to spread.

    Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)
    Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)
    Ludisia discolor (Jewel Orchid)
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