Posted by Hannah Brand on Jan 4th 2022
January 4th, 2021
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Ludisia discolor, which means “of two colors”, is commonly known as the Jewel Orchid. These incredible plants are native to China and Southeast Asian countries and belong to the Orchidaceae, or orchid family. The Jewel orchid is a terrestrial orchids and is commonly known for their striking foliage with pink/white veins and small dark almost black leaves. They also put on an amazing display of small white blooms in the winter months – what a gem!
Jewel Orchids can be a bit picky when it comes to care. A little extra love goes a long way to keep this plant happy. Grow in an indirect light environment that mimics the rainforest floor. Direct sun will scorch the leaves. Warm temperatures are important as the jewel orchid grows in tropical locations is its natural environment. Place under a glass cloche or plant in a terrarium for increased warmth and humidity. Espoma’s Organic Orchid Mix is best as a soil media and keep the soil evenly moist allowing to only dry out moderately between watering. Root aeration is a must – this is provided by the chunky formulation of the Orchid Mix which allows for sharp drainage and air exchange. Misting daily is recommended. Fertilize with a 20-20-20 indoor houseplant fertilizer blend or use a specialty orchid fertilizer on the regular. We recommend Jack’s Classic Orchid Bloom Booster in liquid form, simply add it to your irrigation water.
Jewel Orchids are available in the greenhouse in 4” pots. Come check them out as they are budded up and ready to bloom! If you have additional questions feel free to reach out to us by phone, Instagram, or email us - email@example.com.