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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! This is a fantastic introductory plant for people wanting to explore tropical, flowering plants as it’s rather forgiving- just be sure to water before it dries out completely!

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%
  • Temperature: 60–85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding: Use 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