The Jewel Orchid or Ludisia discolor is unlike all other Orchids we grow in our homes because as a houseplant the Jewel Orchid is prized for its foliage rather than its flowers.
Out in its natural habitat, the Jewel Orchid is found growing down low, often in pretty shady places. For the best results try to replicate this in your home or office by avoiding placing it in direct sunlight.
North facing rooms are perfect, but any other facing aspect is fine providing you can shield the leaves from any harsh sunlight that filters through during the day. Do not mistake this as a plant which likes darkness though, deep gloom should be avoided as much as direct sunlight otherwise it won't grow.
For the majority of the time slightly damp conditions are what the Jewel Orchid wants to grow in. It doesn't like having bone dry soil, but equally, it hates soaking wet soil, leave its roots sitting in water and it will rapidly die.
Water the plant well and then wait until it's drying out before watering again. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the top inch is dry before giving more water. If you're using a more porous potting mix it will dry out quicker so you'll need to water more often than if using standard potting soil.
If you get the watering requirements perfect, humidity is of only minor importance. If you know you're quite bad when it comes to watering though, give your Jewel Orchid a helping hand by increasing the surrounding humidity. This will give your plant a small buffer to compensate for the care you provide.
Jewel Orchids are small feeders, so in reality you'll be totally fine if you only fed your plant a few times a year. You can use a special orchid feed or something more generic, it's not overly fussy.
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