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Ludisia Discolor

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    What should I pot a Ludisia in? I'm looking to prop. it and it looks like regular potting soil, but I feel uncomfortable repotting it in potting soil. I know it is a terrestrial, but heard something about they grow in hummus? I have some sphag peet moss, should I put it in that? I also have sphag moss... help please guys .

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    Some friends gave us a piece that broke off from their main plant about two years ago and we just stuck it in some sphagnum after dipping the broken end in rootone. Keep the sphagnum damp till roots develop (couple of months).

    It's still in the same sphagnum (I have to repot it because it's not doing as well as it could) but it just got through blooming.

    When I do repot it, I'll probably just put it in some seedling bark and coconut.

    The friends who gave it to us have theirs potted in ProMix, stuff that looks a lot like potting soil but isn't; it's a lot lighter and doesn't compact.

    I sure wouldn't use regular potting soil either--that would most likely kill the thing....

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    I am glad I didn't do anything yet. I haven't killed an Orchid in a while and didn't want to any time soon lol. I have a bag of sphag that I will use to prop it with. It is getting a bit 'leggy' and I wasn't sure what to use.

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    We dipped ours in Rootone while the end was still wet; a lot of growers let the cut end scab over in air and then plant it. Don't know which way is better in terms of final outcome but, if you let the end seal itself first before you sphag it, there's a lot less likelihood of fungus. Both ways work, you just have to be more careful with the first way....

    For anyone who's not familiar, Ludisia Discolor is commonly known as the "Jewel Orchid," one of the few orchid plants grown for their foliage and not their flowers. The blooms are tiny and white, but the foliage is a gorgeous dark green with purple and white veining...

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    If I had a camera that worked, I'd take a photo of the leaves and post it on my site. They really are beautiful.

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