Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchid Care

Ludisia discolor

Basic Jewel Orchid Care

Jewel Orchids are fast becoming one of the most popular houseplants due to their lightning bolt veined leaves! Below you find everything you need to know to care for your incredible Jewel Orchid.

Medium Light

I prefer areas that aren't too bright or shady. Finding a balance is important.

Water Frequently

I like my soil to be moist so make sure to water me often.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.

Detailed Jewel Orchid Care Information

Whether you're looking to make sure your Jewel Orchid is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Jewel Orchid

Keep them far away from direct light

Jewel Orchid plants will wilt quickly if placed in direct light so you want to find a spot with medium light levels.

Keep the soil moist

Jewel Orchids need frequent watering to keep the soil moist. If the soil is dry for too long it can cause your Jewel Orchid to die.

Jewel Orchids love humidity

Along with frequent watering, we recommend misting your Jewel Orchid several times a week. Other simple tips to increase humidity include using a pebble tray or buying a humidifier.

They need warmer temperatures

Jewel Orchids cannot tolerate cold so you want to keep it away from draft windows or AC vents. Room temperature or above is what they need.

Only fertilise during spring and summer

Jewel Orchids only need fertiliser in the warmer growth months so hold off during winter. We recommend diluting the feed more than it says on the bottle to avoid fertiliser burn.

Propagate by division of the mother plant

The best way to propagate a Jewel Orchid is by dividing the mother plant into several smaller plants.

Jewel Orchids are safe for pets

Luckily Jewel Orchids are non-toxic for pets and humans so you don’t need to worry about having them around your home.

Jewel Orchid FAQs

Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Jewel Orchid.

Don’t be fooled by the orchid part of its name as Jewel Orchids are actually pretty simple to care for. 

Jewel Orchids need frequent watering, which means at least once a week during summer and fortnightly during winter. They don’t like their soil to dry out for too long so monitor the moisture levels to find the right routine for your plant.

Jewel Orchids actually need medium light levels to thrive. If exposed to bright intense light, they can wilt and dry out. If they don’t receive enough light, then will become leggy, straggly and droopy. 

Although their leaves might not look it, the Jewel Orchid is actually safe and non-toxic. 

Jewel Orchids don’t grow very quickly so you’ll need a little patience with this one. The good thing about this though is that they won’t outgrow the pot very quickly.

Jewel Orchid Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Jewel Orchid.

Jewel Orchid

Common Problems with your Jewel Orchid

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

If you notice that your Jewel Orchid has mushy stems or leaves then overwatering is the most probable cause. Check the moisture levels in the soil and replace if waterlogged.

Underwatering and a lack of humidity is the most common cause of dry crispy leaves on a Jewel Orchid. Check the soil moisture to confirm before increasing how much you water and mist going forward.

Jewel Orchids won’t grow flowers unless they are mature plants so don’t worry too much if it takes a while to see any appear. Make sure you keep your Jewel Orchid in the right environment and give it the right care. If you still aren’t seeing any flowers appearing in spring/summer then you might want to increase how often you fertilise.

Simple Jewel Orchid Care Requirements

It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Ludisia discolor.

These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.

Common NameJewel Orchid
Latin NameLudisia discolor
LightMedium Light
WaterWater Frequently
HumidityHigh Humidity
Soil TypePotting Soil

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