Dossinia Marmorata 'Jewel Orchid'

Dossinia Marmorata 'Jewel Orchid'

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The 'Queen of Jewel Orchids'.  It has very dark, brownish green foliage with prominent, rose gold veins that are a brighter greenish gold towards the inner part of the leaf and look like lightnings covering the leaves. This breathtaking species from the rainforests of northern Borneo is a must-have for every jewel orchid enthusiast and lover of special foliage alike!

Dossinia Marmorata is one of the more humidity-loving jewel orchid and requires 60%+ to thrive. When this condition is met, it is quite an easy and rewarding plant to care for. Make sure to use a slightly moisture-retentive, but well draining potting mix such as the one suggested below.

If your Jewel Orchid starts dropping leaves, it means you have been under-watering it. Don't start watering it more right away! Instead slowly increase watering over time. This plant is a terrestrial orchid, meaning it creeps on land, therefore it can grow in a shallow wide pot.

Fun fact: In the Himalaya region, where quite a few jewel orchid species grow, people used to believe that jewel orchids grew out of the clothes of fairies. According to this tale, the fairies were playing in the forest and had to run back home as it was already getting dark. Scared and in a hurry, their clothes got torn apart in the bushes and ended up on the forest floor, where jewel orchids grew out of them. This is why, according to the Himalayan people, they have such striking, shimmering veining.