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Ludisia discolor

This is a discussion on Ludisia discolor within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; It is the easiest to grow of the jewel orchids. A terrestrial from Southeast Asia, ...

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    Default Ludisia discolor

    It is the easiest to grow of the jewel orchids. A terrestrial from Southeast Asia, they are considered a weed in their native environment. They make ideal house plants since they need low light and adapt well to home temperatures. Just the leaves alone make this one worth growing
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    You've just reminded me to add this one to my wish list. LOL. Very nice photos.

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    I see these without blossoms at the greenhouses around here, but they always seem leggy/scruffy. The flowers are nicer than I expected.

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    Oh, that one is so healthy. Mine needs to be repotted so badly. I am embarrassed at it because it has not grown in ages.

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    I really like the first picture. Maybe I should get one to grow inside of house...

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    Very pretty. I tried growing these, but no luck.

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    Hi, I just got one of these orchids, a ludisia with the white and yellowy flowers. How often should I water it?
    Care for it like I care for my phals? or like the denobrium or oncidium I have? or does it need completely different treatment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkic View Post
    Hi, I just got one of these orchids, a ludisia with the white and yellowy flowers. How often should I water it?
    Care for it like I care for my phals? or like the denobrium or oncidium I have? or does it need completely different treatment?
    It will do just fine with your Phals. Always moist, never soggy. It would be perfect squeezed in between or behind other plants where it gets a little shade from the big Phal leaves.

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    Nice pics, Ron. Mine is currently in bloom as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    I see these without blossoms at the greenhouses around here, but they always seem leggy/scruffy. The flowers are nicer than I expected.
    They do tend to become sprawlers, IME, Joe. Simply part of their nature -- not unlike a Wandering Jew (also known as Tradescantia zebrina or a host of other names -- this one seems to be as about as screwed up as many orchids with repeated changes in nomenclature). And like Tradescantias, when Ludisias (also known as Haemaria discolor) get that way, simply cut them back and reroot the cuttings in the same pot or start a new one.

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    Very pretty. I tried growing these, but no luck.
    Hmmm, that does surprise me, Mary. I have found it to be easy to grow even in my apt where winter humidity levels drop to below 30%.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arkic View Post
    Hi, I just got one of these orchids, a ludisia with the white and yellowy flowers. How often should I water it?
    Care for it like I care for my phals? or like the denobrium or oncidium I have? or does it need completely different treatment?
    Arkic, I don't know how different Ron's culture may be from my own but then his conditions are likely very different from mine -- and both of ours could be quite different from yours -- so take this with a grain of salt:

    Mine gets less than phal lighting. If the light is too strong, the leaves will develop an orange color. Mine could possibly deal with a touch more light than what it currently receives, but it is doing fine an other more light demanding plants occupy prime spots.

    Media-wise, mine is in a much more moisture retentive mix than the other orchids -- regular potting soil mixed with bark and large grade perlite.

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    Thanks for posting. I've thought of trying these before but was not sure i wanted to. Now I am convinced to try. Yours is lovely!

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