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Researching and finding accurate information about the origin of this plant proved tricky; it has been recorded as Macodisia ‘Spiderman’ and X Ludochilus dominyi. They are commonly referred to as 'Jewel Orchids' due to their spectacular foliage.
It is likely a hybrid of Anoectochilus roxburghii and Ludisia discolor, both of which are part of the Orchidaceae family. Velutinous leaves are narrowly ovate to elliptic with an entire leaf margin, they are a rich brown colour with bronze venation. These jewel orchids are terrestrial growers with thick subterranean rhizomatous stems.
These plants are in sphagnum moss.
Pot: ø 6cm.
Height: Approximately 7cm from base of pot.
Light: Indirect light or shade, between 400-800 foot-candles.
Water: This plant prefers evenly moist potting mix, when kept in high humidity it won’t need watering as much. If your plant is in sphagnum moss, keep it damp but not sodden or completely dry.
Potting mix: A mix of coco coir, pine bark and horticultural charcoal (50:40:10). Ludisia have a rhizomatic growth habit so it is best to pot them in shallow pots. At home I have a Ludisia planted in our potting mix with some added horticultural charcoal.
Fertilising: Feed monthly during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can use half the recommended dilution rate but never add more.
Temperature: 16-28˚C. Optimum temperature 22˚C.
Humidity: Ludisia 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.
Blooming information: Flower spike emerges from the centre of the stems, this is typically in winter time. The delicate white resupinate flowers usually last a couple of weeks. You can cut them back when they are spent.
Ludisia are non-toxic.
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.
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.
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.