Jewel Orchid - Care tips
Where most Orchids stand out because of their flowers, the Jewel Orchid is known because of her impressive leaves. Don’t worry she also grows flowers, but as soon as she’s finished flowering you’ll always have stunning leaves to look at.
Information about Jewel Orchid
The Jewel Orchid is obviously part of the orchid family Orchidaceae. She differs from other Orchids because Jewel Orchids are grown for their outstanding foliage rather than the flowers. The main reason for this is that Jewel Orchids are terrestrials. This means that she grows on land, where most other plants are epiphytic (living on trees). Another characteristic is that Jewel Orchids are crawling rhizomes. Meaning that she grows her stems horizontally and underground. These stems also develop roots and even stores food reserves! Wooh, quite a biology lesson here.
Jewel Orchid varieties
There aren’t many varieties of the Jewel Orchid, but the most common is certainly the Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor, also known as Haemaria Discolor. Just like other Jewel Orchids she’s from Southeast Asia. Once she’s start blooming you’ll probably be star struck. She produces such a cute white yellowish flowers! And best about it, they last for 2 to 3 weeks and they don’t smell at all!
One of the rare Jewel Orchids is the Macodes Petola. She looks a bit like the Ludisia, but when you compare both you can definitely see the difference. The pretty Macodes Petola also has golden veins, but hers cross the vertical ones. This almost looks like gold lightning on her leaves, but don’t worry, she doesn’t give electric shocks. ;-) Another rare jewel is, take a deep breath, the Jewel Orchid Anoectochilus Chapaensis. She is unbelievably beautiful as she has extremely dark coloured leaves with yellow, orange and red coloured nerves. A true piece of art!
Jewel Orchid Care Tips
Caring for your Jewel Orchid isn’t that hard, but these plants are pretty fragile. Therefore it’s wise to always keep an eye on your beauty, to know which care the thrives on best, especially when it comes to watering.
Light and placement for Jewel Orchid
The Jewel Orchid is known for growing down low. Therefore she’s used to grow in places with less light. North facing windows should be perfect for her, because when you let her grow in indirect light, the chances of blooming increases! Be aware that you should protect her from direct light. Just like most plants, her beautiful leaves will burn in this light.
Because these Orchids are terrestrial orchids, they require constant moisture around their roots. This is pretty hard because this obviously increases the chance for root rot. Therefore you can water the plant and wait with watering until the soil is dried out. You can easily check this by putting your finger 2-3 cm in the soil. If the soil keeps sticking, your Jewel Orchid doesn’t need any water.
Special Orchid nutrition can be used to feed your Jewel Orchid. She’s not very dependent on food, so only a few (2-3) times during the growing season is more than enough.
Propagating an Jewel Orchid
We can imagine that you would like to propagate these beauties! The perfect method for propagating Jewel Orchids is through stem cuttings. Take a piece of the stem with upper leaves, pot it into a similar potting mix she comes from. New roots should grow within two months, exciting!
Most common pest on Jewel Orchid
The most common pest on Jewel Orchids are mealybugs. You can easily recognise them as they look like white cotton clumps on the stem and the insects are small white bugs. Other insects that could bug your plant are scales, spider mites or thrips. Do you expect some uninvited visitors on your plant? Check our PLNTSdoctor page or the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Are Jewel Orchids toxic for pets or children?
Great news! These jewels are not toxic for pets or children. Another reason to add these beauties to your plant collection!
Buy your new Jewel Orchid at PLNTS.com
At PLNTS.com you can buy your Jewel Orchid online, like the familiar Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor, but also rare varieties like Macodes Petola and the Jewel Orchid Anoectochilus Chapaensis. Whether you like your Jewel Orchid big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!