Ludisia Discolor is part of the Orchidaceae family and is native to Southern China, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia. It's commonly known as 'Jewel Orchid' and is a terrestrial grower. The leaves are dark in colour and ovate in shape and feel almost velvety in texture. Ludisia discolour flowers during autumn and winter, they are small white blooms with a distinct pleasant smell.
How do you care for a Jewel Orchid?
Care for a Jewel Orchid by keeping it in temperatures of 15°C and above. These plants grow on the forest floor so keeping them in lower light is acceptable, ideally a north-facing window ledge. These plants need their substrate to stay damp, so an environment with high humidity is recommended, they’re also well suited for terrariums.
Other ways to achieve higher humidity include, misting, grouping plants together, using a humidifier or placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles. Use an all-purpose potting mix and add some perlite to improve draining - Ludisia don't need orchid bark.
How do you treat Ludisia discolor?
Ludisia discolour can benefit from special treatment. This plant flowers in winter, to keep the plant healthy, cut off the flowering stem three centimetres above the top leaf, once it has finished flowering. This should encourage further growth and healthy flowering in the future.
How do you propagate Ludisia discolor?
Propagate Ludisia discolor by dividing a healthy plant that has sprouted a pseudobulb. Use a sterilised tool to cut away the pseudobulb from the mother plant and apply a rooting hormone to the cut end to encourage rooting. Then plant the divided plant in a new pot with moist soil. Keep the plant covered with a plastic bag to maintain heat and moisture.
Are Jewel orchids toxic to cats?
Jewel orchids are not toxic to cats, other pets or people, making it a suitable houseplant for family homes.