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Jewel Orchid | Houseplant of the Month

I like orchids, I just find that I am not great at caring for them. I got a Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor). In all honesty, I didn't look at the label when I bought it. I just saw pretty velvety leaves similar to a philodendron micans and thought it was a variety of tradescantia. Yes, it was an impulsive buy. I got it home and found out what it really was. An orchid. Whoops. Determined not to kill it, I read up on it. Turns out their care is a little different from your typical orchid. It likes to be in soil. I put it in a small pot and under my grow lights. I put it down low from the grow lights to not give it too much light as it doesn't like bright light. I assume it is a fairly slow grower. I have had it for a couple of months and it showed no signs of distress. I was just glad it was still alive even if it didn't show signs of growth. Few weeks ago I was checking on it and saw a bud. It's official. It is happy with how I am caring for it.

This plant is known for its leaves more than its flowers. The flowers finally came out and they are so tiny and delicate. I did a mini photoshoot of them. Solid proof there is hope for me and orchids! Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor) Care.

Note* this is based on my experience with it

Water Requirements: Medium (don't allow to completely dry out it doesn't like bone dry but does not like to be soaked either. When the first 1-2 inches of soil is dry then it is a good time to water)

Light Requirements: Bright to medium indirect Light

Ideal Temp: Warm above 55F and humid. I do not use a humidifier but I have a large fish tank near it so it might get some moisture for it.

Soil: Potting soil

Fertilizer: rare

Difficulty: Easy

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