The Jewel Orchid is known to have the most beautiful foliage of the Orchid Family. The leaves are a blackish, red-green velvet with coppery red veins and wine-red undersides. The waxy white flowers have a yellow anther which twists to one side while the anchor-shaped lip twists in the opposite direction. The flowers bloom from fall to winter.
LIGHT – The Jewel Orchid is a terrestrial orchid which grows on the floor of tropical forests, leaving it extremely shaded. It grows with best results away from the sun, requiring diffused light only. A north-facing window is a suggestion.
TEMPERATURE – This orchid, like many others, prefers warm temperatures. 80-85 degrees during the day and cooler 60-65 degrees at night are ideal.
WATER – The soil should be kept evenly moist at all times but not constantly wet. The rhizome is prone to rotting in too wet of conditions but if it is kept too dry, may burn or shrivel especially in hot weather.
HUMIDITY – Being a tropical plant, the Jewel Orchid requires high humidity. This can be provided by grouping plants together or by filling a tray with gravel and water with enough room for the orchid pot to not touch the water in the bottom of the tray.
AIR MOVEMENT – It is essential to growing all orchids. It will also keep the blooms lasting longer.
FERTILIZER – A balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) is suggested at one-month intervals. The Jewel is not a heavy feeder.
POTTING – A humus soil is recommended, such as osmunda fiber or fir bark, sphagnum peat moss with small amounts of perlite for drainage. The fleshy rhizomes should lie horizontally in the soil. They usually only need repotting every 2-3 years.