On Dec 16, 2003, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
My Jewel Orchid always blooms in December and January. It is by far the most dependable and easy to grow orchid in my limited collection. Whenever it gets leggy, I cut off the tips and stick them back in the pot and they root without any special care like plastic bags, misting, etc. I use an orchid mix with a little soilless peat/perlite mix added to it. Unfortunately, the velvety texture of the leaves interferes with getting a clear picture of how beautiful they really are.
My Ludisia Discolor is deep purple with white stripes and beautiful spikes of white tiny flowers, 10" to 15" long. It blooms in the winter. A beautiful specimen foliage plant. Easy to grow and propagate.
I have used the flowers for floral bouquets; they make excellent cut flowers and they last for about a month.
Terrestrial, mound forming orchid from South East Asia.
Has broad, ovate, variable coloured but often dark green/burgandy, velvet leaves with conspicuous veining. Bears spikes of small, pure white, fragrant flowers.
Flowers when it wants to and for several months at a time.
There seems to be some debate of the ease of growing Ludisia, I personally have never found a plant which puts up with so much neglect. It will grow in practically any soil as long as its well drained and isn't standing in water but loves high humidity. It prefers deep shade and a large pot as it grows quite large.
The stems like to drape themselves over the pot edge and can be grown outside as ground cover in a frost free area.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Dothan, Alabama Brea, California Castro Valley, California Bartow, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Bradley, Florida Havana, Florida Homestead, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Ocala, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pine Lakes, Florida Port Saint Lucie, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida Siesta Key, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tampa, Florida Madison, Georgia Davenport, Iowa Baton Rouge, Louisiana Verona, Mississippi West Orange, New Jersey Bandera, Texas Marshall Creek, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Edgewood, Washington