- 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. 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.
Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot.
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.
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.