Lightning Jewel Orchid (Macodes petola)
Lightning Bolt Jewel Orchid in a 2" pot. You will receive the exact one pictured. Chat with us below if you have any questions. If you need a heat pack, please order one here.
If you are looking for a stunning plant to electrify your hum-drum terrarium, then the Macodes petola is for you. Its dark green leaves are streaked with gold veins that look like bolts of electricity, which is why this specimen is better known as the Lightning Jewel orchid.
Like that name implies, Lightning Jewel orchids have somewhat of a stormy disposition. They are unique in that they are not air plants like most of the other plants that share their origins in Southeast Asia, but that may make them a bit more challenging to care for. These orchids need soil composed of things like sphagnum moss that hold water well, but that also promote good drainage to prevent root rot. Lighting is also important for the Lightning Jewel, as too much of it can harm the plant. Keep it out of direct sunlight and consider putting it next to another plant that may help shield it from the light.
Lightning Jewel orchids grow slowly, and produce denser foliage as they age. They may also grow creamy white flowers with brown stems each year when properly cared for. They love heat and high humidity, making a terrarium an ideal place to grow them.
With some patience, care, and a little know-how, this plant will shock you with its beauty!
At A Glance:
- Light: Low-Moderate
- Temperature: 65-85°F
- Humidity: High; 50-70%
- Water: Keep soil damp at all times, but don’t overwater
- Pet-Friendly: Yes
We ship from Los Angeles, and we only ship within the United States. We do not ship to Hawaii / Canada / International. We typically ship on Mondays or Tuesdays to avoid plants being stuck in transit over the weekends, but we may sometimes ship later in the week depending on order volume. With that said, we cannot guarantee or control delivery time. If delivery time is a concern, please opt for upgraded shipping.
We take great care when packaging and preparing your plants for shipment. They'll be shipped either in a nursery pot in soil or sphagnum moss, or shipped bare root wrapped in sphagnum moss or other damp material to retain moisture. We also add poly-fil around the plant for padding, then wrap it in bubble wrap, and finally add packing peanuts for extra cushion to ensure a safe and clean transport.
We also offer local pick-up if you're in the Los Angeles area.