- Ludisia discolor
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
Ludisia discolor is part of the Orchidaceae family and is native to Southern China, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia. This terrestrial grower is commonly referred to as a 'Jewel Orchid' due to the beautiful foliage. Leaves are ovate, dark green with copper venation, and leaves have a velvety texture. Ludisia discolor flowers during autumn and winter, they produce small white blooms which have a distinct pleasant smell.
Specific epithet is Latin, meaning ‘of two colours’, this is in reference to the leaves.
Pot: ø 12cm.
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Light: Position in indirect light where it won’t necessarily see the sun. Between 400-800 foot-candles.
Water: This plant prefers evenly moist potting mix, when kept in high humidity it won’t need watering too frequently.
Potting mix: A mix of coco coir, pine bark and horticultural charcoal would also work (50:40:10). Ludisia have a rhizomatic growth habit, it is best to pot them in shallow pots.
Fertilising: Feed monthly during the growing season or when you observe active growth.
Humidity: Ludisia discolor prefer higher humidity, ideally 70% with good air circulation. To increase humidity, grow under a cloche but lift at least once a day to allow air to circulate. This plant would do well in a terrarium too.
Ludisia discolor is non-toxic.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.