Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor
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Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor

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Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor Care Summary

Light needs:Medium to bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check weekly and water when top third of the soil is dry.
Fertilizer:Use a well diluted balanced plant feed.
Soil:An all purpose potting mix with 20% added perlite.
Temperature:10-30°C (50 – 86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Common issues:Overwatering and underwatering.


We run down all you need to know about the ludisia discolor jewel orchid a.k.a. haemaria discolor, known for it’s amazing thin stripes.

This is different from the macodes petola jewel orchid, although similar in some respects. We cover all you need to know. You might also like to take a look at “Jewel Orchid Macodes Petola” which is known as a jewel orchid but is a different species.

See also: How To Care For An Orchid Indoors, Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Hoya Heuschkeliana, Philodendron Pink Princess Care, Monstera Dubia, Cebu Blue Pothos. Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight.

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Ludisia Discolor Light Needs

Give them medium to bright indirect sunlight.

How Often to Water Ludisia Discolor

This jewel orchid likes to stay slightly damp, but not soaking wet. So check it weekly and water it when the top third of the soil has dried out.


Use a well diluted balanced plant feed.

Ludisia Discolor Soil

You can use an all purpose potting mix but add some perlite (about 20% of the volume) to aid drainage.

When To Repot

Check the roots yearly to see if they are overcrowded and move it to a bigger pot if needed.

Ludisia Discolor Humidity

60% is ideal, a bit below is ok too, but they do like humidity.

Tip: they do well in higher humidity levels, making them perfect for terrariums.


Their optimal range is 10-30°C (50 – 86°F), so they will be ok in your home.

How To Propagate Jewel Orchid Ludisia

You can water propagate your ludisia discolor. Take a cutting with at least two leaves on it and one node then but it in a jar of water. You can tie some string or twine across the jar so that the cuttings cannot fall all the way in. You want all leaves out of the water but the bottom node well under it. Once they have a few well established roots you can move them to a soil mix.

Ludisia Discolor Vs Sea Turtle

Ludochilus Sea Turtle is a hybrid of the discolor and a similar plants the anoectochilus formosanu.

Where Do Ludisia Discolor Grow In The Wild?

They grow in forests in South East Asia

Why Is My Ludisia Discolor Turning Yellow?

They turn yelow from over and under watering. If they are dry and crispy it in underwatering (or lack of humiiditiy), if they are soft and muhsy it is over watering. Wate them well, but do not over water them.

Ludisia Discolor Spiderman

The spiderman is a cultivar with crisscross coloration like spiderman’s suit.

Jewel Orchid Ludisia Discolor USDA Zone

Zones 11-12

Is Ludisia Discolor Toxic To Cats?

It is not toxic to dogs and cats.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names

Haemaria discolor.

FAQs and Common Problems

Both under and over watering are common issues – they like to be moist but not water logged. The best way to achieve this is the water them if they are drying out and tip out any excess water from the pot after.

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