Ludisia 'Black Jewel' Orchid
+ Comes in a 6" plastic container.
In often overlooked orchid, the Ludisia Discolor is known more for its showy dark leaves with pinstripes than for its flowers. These are often found thriving in damp forest floors and the high mountains of China and Southeast Asia. This use to be a prolific plant in the Malaysian environment, but due to the illegal trade and poaching of exotic orchids from their natural habitats, this plant has seen a rapid decline in numbers. As responsible sellers, we make sure that our orchids are propagated via stems from mother plants grown in local greenhouses.
CLASSIFICATION / GENUS:
Orchidaceae / Erythrodeae Cranichideae
Ludisia / Ludisia Discolor / Black Jewel Orchid / Goodyera discolor
The leaves on the Ludisia Discolor can get 2-3 inches long. Its flower spikes can grow up to 10 inches in length. This particular orchid though likes to branch out in a vine like cluster, versus grow tall as other orchids tend to do.
This plant does not like extreme temperatures (eg too cold or too hot), it is comfortable in a 60-70 degree F range. The lowest temperature for this plant is 50 degrees F.
Shade but filtered light. Northern Windows are best. Ludisia Discolor do not like full or direct sun, as these can scorch the leaves. This does not mean put in a windowless room, they still need a good amount of filtered light. In their natural environment these are grown on the forest floor under a large tree canopy, replicating this light quality is best for these plants.
These like damp conditions. Which means, do not let the soil go bone dry, nor should you leave it soaked. The soil should feel damp to the touch and not soggy. Daily misting of these plants is also a recommendation. If you are not good at misting daily, place this plant on a pebble tray with water to create natural humidity around it. They also prefer regular watering sessions, which is typically 1-2 times a week.
These orchids do not like typical orchid soil/bark. They like well draining medium, thats rich in humus. Or do well in equal parts peat moss, perlite, and potting soil.
DOES IT FLOWER?
Yes, this is an orchid after all. They will have large flowering spikes that shoot out from the stems in Autumn / Fall and Winter. They are dainty little flowers along the stems, usually white flowers with yellow centers. If the temps are just right they can last for a few weeks to a month.
IS IT POISONOUS/TOXIC?
CAN IT BE PROPAGATED FROM CUTTINGS?
Yes, this plant does very well through propagation. Its best to break off a stem with leaves already on this, dip in rooting powder, and put in the same soil mix as the parent was in. New roots develop within a couple of months, be-careful to not over water during this time, or hit the new stem out of position.
If you bought this plant due to the leaves and not the flowers, then when the stems start to form, pinch them out. This will encourage the leaves to get bushier. If you wish to produce more of the flowers, then you run the risk of the plant become more "leggy" with more stem than leaf as it makes way for flower. / White mold can be a problem with this orchid due to the soil being kept damp / Too much water can lead to rotting stems, which is one of the number one killer of the black jewels.
WINTER TRAVEL: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PURCHASE A HEAT-PACK (FOUND WITHIN OUR STORE) IF THE PLANT IS TRAVELING IN BELOW 50 DEGREE WEATHER.