Ludisia discolor, commonly known as the jewel orchid, is an intermediate-warm growing terrestrial orchid native to SE Asia. Plants should be kept in low to moderate light with high humidity. In its native environment, jewel orchids experience a slightly drier winter rest, but this is not necessary to the plant’s success and blooming. You can grow this orchid like your typical houseplant. The roots should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings. Many people grow Ludisia in a shallow pot with a combination of potting mix, orchid bark, and perlite.
Ludisia blooms in the spring, producing tall spikes of white flowers, but there’s really no contest with respect to beauty: the leaves win, hands down. We have been growing our Ludisia in completely broken down media and in way too much light, and it’s still beautiful and growing great. You’ll find this a very hardy plant (NOT cold hardy) that is easy to grow and a real stunner.