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Ludisia Discolor - ‘Jewel Orchid’ var. Nigrescens

2" Nursery Pot

Grown for it’s foliage over it’s flowers, the Ludisia Discolor - ‘Jewel Orchid’ plant will still bloom a few times a year when cared for properly. This variety of Jewel Orchid is identified by it’s single light ‘vein’ running down the center of each leaf, whereas other varieties have several ‘veins’. It’s small, white flowers grow from a single stalk, but the real star of the show is the velvety, veined foliage. Contrary to other Orchids the Jewel prefers a soil growing medium and shade to medium indirect light. Try keeping it in your bathroom since it will LOVE the humidity!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Ludisia Discolor 
  • Common Name: Jewel Orchid var. Nigrescens
  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Native Range: Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light: Shade, medium indirect light
  • Water: Do not allow to completely dry, water thoroughly when growing medium begins to dry, but avoid keeping this plant soaking wet
  • Humidity: 50-80%
  • Temperature60–85F
  • PruningPrune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • FeedingUse a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every month during the growing season 
  • Propagation: Stem Cuttings
  • Pests: Look out for aphids, spider mites, & mealybugs
  • Toxicity: non-toxic

Ludisia discolor, also known as Jewel Orchids, are prized for their striking foliage, featuring velvety leaves adorned with intricate patterns and deep burgundy hues. With their low-maintenance requirements and adaptability to indoor conditions, they are perfect for growers of all skill levels, offering elegance with minimal effort.