Ludisia Orchids

Fast Facts About Ludisia Orchids (Ludisia discolor)

  • Name: Ludisia Orchids, also known as Jewel Orchids
  • Bred By: Naturally occurring, not commonly hybridized
  • Introduced: Known to the Western world since the 19th century
  • Growth: Terrestrial orchids with a creeping growth habit
  • Blooms: Produces small, white flowers in spikes
  • Color: Flowers are white, but the main attraction is the velvety, dark green leaves with striking red or pink veins
  • Foliage: Velvety, dark green leaves with distinctive venation
  • Flowering: Typically blooms in the winter
  • Climate: Prefers warm, humid environments
  • Disease Resistance: Generally robust but can be susceptible to root rot if overwatered
  • Growing Classification: Terrestrial orchid
  • Origin/Distribution: Native to Southeast Asia
  • Blooming Season: Usually in winter

Should you Buy One?

Ludisia Orchids are an excellent choice for those who appreciate ornamental foliage as much as flowers. Their striking leaves add beauty year-round, and they are relatively easy to care for, making them suitable for beginners and experienced growers alike.

Specific Care

Ludisia Orchids prefer low to medium light and consistent moisture. They thrive in well-draining soil and should be watered regularly, avoiding waterlogged conditions.

General Orchid Care Tips

  • Light: Most orchids thrive in bright, indirect light, but Ludisia prefers lower light levels.
  • Water: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.
  • Humidity: Maintain a humidity level of 40-70%.
  • Temperature: Prefer warm temperatures and can tolerate a range of indoor conditions.
  • Feeding: Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength every month.


They typically bloom once a year, usually in the winter.

They thrive in a well-draining orchid or African violet mix, which is better than regular potting soil.

Unlike most orchids, Ludisia Orchids are grown for their decorative leaves rather than their flowers. They also prefer lower light levels compared to other orchids.

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