Jewel Orchid (Macodes Petola)

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  • The Macodes Petola is an unforgettable Jewel Orchid with amazing leaves that seem to literally light up a collection.
  • Though it’s not the easiest houseplant to satisfy, with correct care it can thrive and keep people talking.
  • Macodes Petola is a Jewel Orchid that grows in the soil beneath the forest canopy rather than as an epiphyte.
  • Grown for its phenomenal foliage instead of flowers, the plant requires different treatment than other members of its famous family.
  • Their rounded, broad leaves have a velvety texture and feature thin, webbed “lightning bolts” of lighter color on a dark green background.
  • The remarkable netted pattern sparkles in the sunlight and produces an electric effect.
  • It has a creeping rhizome and sprawls over the ground.
  • Its evergreen foliage emerges in loose whorls to form rosettes up to six inches long.
  • This unique orchid is indigenous to rainforests in Southeast Asia including Malaysia and numerous Pacific islands.
  • It lives in forest shade at lower altitudes where it bathes in a warm, moist environment.
  • It’s hard to believe the stem spikes with tiny flowers that emerge in late fall are cousins to the extravagant blooms of other orchids.
  • The Macodes Petola‘s modest white blooms “feature” off-white centers.


  • Macodes Petola soil requires a surface that drains water completely.
  • It should be substantial and penetrable.
  • It flourishes in high temperatures and high humidity.
  • The substrate should consist of equal parts of sphagnum moss, penetrable pebbles, leaf soil, and chopped tree ferns.
  • These plants spread out in width more than they grow in height, so they need a shallow wide pot to grow nicely.
  • Using normal potting compost is not recommended as it is designed to hold on to water which will make your Jewel Orchid rot.


  • The Macodes plants should be fertilized with half or one-quarter of the suggested quantity of fertilizer for orchids.
  • A fertilizer with increased nitrogen content can be used from spring to mid-summer.
  • In late summer and autumn, a phosphorus-rich fertilizer is suitable.
  • Since Macodes Petola are found in limestone-affluent areas, it is a good idea to increase Calcium by adding eggshells or polyester shells to the potting mix, so the plant gets its supply of Calcium regularly.


  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Make sure the plant is kept in a well-ventilated place.


  • The Macodes Petola dislikes wet leaves.
  • Water at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry, bottom watering is another option.
  • It is essential to keep the roots of your Macodes moist.
  • They should never be allowed to dry out; as it will make your plant look sullen, droop and in due course perish.
  • Whereas excessively wet roots will lead to rotten roots.
  • You must find a sweet spot between the two extremes.
  • Water just enough so the roots don’t dry out.
  • Potting media should be airy, well-oxygenated, open, airy, and moisture retentive.


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