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Old 01-18-2012, 05:46 PM
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Default Ludisia discolor (Black Jewel orchid) in bloom

This orchid is found originally ranging from India to South East Asia; this hot to warm growing " jewel orchid", got its name from their dark green leaves criss crossed with red lateral lines, the velvety texture of the leaves makes it so appealing even when not in bloom...interesting.... The species is a terrestrial or lithophytic plant occurring in evergreen, lowland forest in shady humid habitats with rocky substrates along streams and rivers without pseudobulbs, the fleshy red stems twisted, erect and pendulous are 8 to 10 inches(20 to 25 cm) long and have stalked elliptic-lanceolate 2 to 3 inches(5 to 7.5cm) leaves and blooms in winter to early spring on a terminal cylindrical fairly dense 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm) long inflorescence that has small asymetrical, fragrant flowers (smells like Irish Spring soap if you put your nose near it)that lasts 2 to 3 weeks. I plant them in a media of 50% potting soil and 50% tree bark and I am giving it bright indirect light on a southfacing window and humid well watered conditions(evenly moist) year round(no rest period). If the leaves lose the dark green and a lot of pale red becomes visible, then theis is a sign that it is getting too much light.
One of the easiest orchids to grow, a trouble-free subject.
Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors. Minimum temperature 60° indoors.
Great for a hanging basket!
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Great growing! When mine blooms, it looses a lot of foliage after. For the last few years, I cull the spikes before they bloom. I wind up with 2x the foliage. Bud, do you see similar trends with yours?

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Great growing! What medium is it potted in?
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Beautifully grown and flowered. Excellent!
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Really nice. I love these. Really difficult to take pics of the tiny flowers (I know from experience) so great working getting the shots.
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