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ludisia discolor var nigrescens

Discolor Var. Nigrescens

This Jewel orchid is also known as the Black Velvet Jewel Orchid. Terrestrial orchids are easy-to-grow plants with distinctive leaves and flowers. The Black Velvet Jewel Orchid has greenish-black leaves with a single silver-white stripe in the middle of each leaf. The backsides of the leaves and stems are burgundy. This orchid has a 6”-10” long flower spike that holds as many as 25 white blossoms decorated with yellow throats. They may have a slight fragrance. Plant it in your vivarium to create a natural environment for your dart frogs. 

Origin: Malaysia, Indonesia and Burma

Mature size: Tall - can grow up to 12 inches tall with flower spikes.

Light: Full sun to Partial shade.

Planting: Jewel Orchids should be watered regularly as they don’t like to be dry. An important thing to remember is that they don’t like standing water either so it is best to wait until the soil begins to dry out before watering again. Don’t over-water your Jewel Orchids as dry Jewel Orchids are easier to protected than those damaged by damp conditions. 

Water: Keep soil well drained while keeping the soil lightly moist but never soggy. 

Temperature: They do well in the terrarium at 70 to 80F: 20 to28C with high humidity and warm temperatures. 

Propagation: Remove new plant from mother plant and replant into moist soil. You will be able to get it to root by placing it in water. The plant will establish and grow roots in a short time. 


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