Jewel Orchid (Macodes Petola)
$54.21 incl. GST
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 12cm
- 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.