Plant Care Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchid

4.7 out of 5 (19 experiences)

Jewel Orchid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Jewel Orchid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Jewel Orchid

While most orchids are grown for their distinct flowers, the shade-loving Jewel Orchid is known for its leaves and medicinal uses. This species is the only member of the genus Ludisia, and the name 'discolor' means two different colors, referring to its dark velvet leaves with pink parallel veins. When in bloom it grows a tall inflorescence of small white flowers with bright yellow anthers inside. This orchid is a terrestrial orchid - it grows on the forest floor, unlike most orchids which are epiphytes that grow on trees.


Ludisia discolor

How to care for Jewel Orchid


How often to water your Jewel Orchid

Water needs for Jewel Orchid
0.5 cups
every 9

Jewel Orchid needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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Calculate water needs of Jewel Orchid

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Jewel Orchid in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Jewel Orchid: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Jewel Orchid may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Jewel Orchid

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Jewel Orchid: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Jewel Orchid after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Jewel Orchid is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchid

Jewel Orchid

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Jewel Orchid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Jewel Orchid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Jewel Orchid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Jewel Orchid has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Jewel Orchid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Jewel Orchid has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Boozybillsbabe avatar
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 8,667 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

Pretty easy to care for. With proper light and watering it may even grow new shoots.

Survivor Survivor
Ness avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 917 XP
globe Boroughbridge, England

My favourite plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Megano avatar
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 19,415 XP
globe Washington, DC

Super easy, likes indirect light and humidity but not necessary for humidity.

Fast grower Fast grower
Megan avatar
leaf-1 94 Plants
xp 14,433 XP
globe Washington, DC

Very easy! I love this plant because the leaves have shiny strips on them. Easy to care for, too. Doesn’t like to get super dry.

Hortiguy86 avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 139 XP
globe Pekin, IL

Beautiful blooms

Survivor Survivor
Akeller042 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Rochester, NY

2 words.. fungus gnats 😑

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Succulentjade avatar
leaf-1 52 Plants
xp 927 XP

Likes the dark! Usually found on rainforest floors in Asia

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Rjg avatar
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 79,137 XP
globe Austin, TX

Just a chill plant that is not fussy if you follow Greg’s schedule!

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