How to Care for a Discolored Jewel Orchid Ludisia


Commonly known as the jewel orchid, the discolored jewel orchid ludisia originated in China and Southeast Asia in sub-tropical environments. The discolored jewel orchid ludisia blooms in colors of white and yellow, and is commonly confused with other houseplants because it does not resemble other orchids. Caring for discolored jewel orchid ludisia is much like caring for other orchids, and can be done even by the beginner gardener.

Step 1

Plant the orchid into a medium-size planting container filled with orchid potting mix. Planting containers and special orchid potting mix can be obtained at most garden specialty stores or plant nurseries.

Step 2

Place the orchid in an area where it will receive partial sun for the majority of the day. The temperature in the growing area should hover between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Water the orchid plant frequently to keep the planting soil around the orchid moist to the touch at all times. Watering the orchid every two days should suffice.

Step 4

Mist the orchid plant with a misting bottle to maintain high humidity around the orchid. Placing a humidifier in the room where the orchid is growing can be beneficial but is optional.

Step 5

Fertilize the orchid once per month using a fertilizer designed for orchids, according to the package directions. Orchid fertilizers are available at garden specialty stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Orchid potting mix
  • Planting container
  • Misting bottle
  • Humidifier (optional)
  • Orchid fertilizer


  • Tri-Exotica: Ludisia discolor
Keywords: discolored orchid care, caring for orchids, discolored jewel orchids

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