jellyfish orchid

jellyfish orchid

If you like OrchidsI'm sure you have several at home. However, this one we want to tell you about is not so common in homes (or stores). This is the jellyfish orchid, have you heard of it?

Next we are going to tell you about the characteristics that make this plant one of the most beautiful and the care it requires if you get one of them. Go for it?

Characteristics of the jellyfish orchid


The scientific name of the jellyfish orchid is Bulbophyllum medusae. It is an epiphytic plant native to Southeast Asia, specifically in areas such as Thailand, the Philippines, Sumatra... Its size is not too large, rather it is small.

Actually, It only has one dark green leaf from which pseudobulbs develop. smaller ones that give rise to new plants. But the most characteristic thing about it is its flower.

This can have some 20-30 centimeters long. It blooms between mid-autumn and early winter and the flower is normally white. But the reason why it is called a jellyfish is because it produces abundant small threads (sepals), which give it the appearance of a jellyfish. Of course, you should know that it has a problem: its smell. Apparently it is not pleasant at all, which is why not many dare to have it at home.

Each jellyfish orchid can give you clusters of between thirty and one hundred flowers.

Medusa orchid care

orchid flower

You have already learned something more about the jellyfish orchid. Having it at home is unusual, but it can happen. What you should keep in mind is that that bad smell is not for everyone. Depending on each person, the aroma may be more or less unpleasant.

What you should know is that the Care is essential for it to flourish and for it to remain in good condition. Therefore, we have made a compilation of all of them with the aim of helping you keep your horse healthy. Check it out.

Lighting and temperature

We start with the right place for this plant. As exotic as it is, and in addition to the warm climate, The best location for this plant will be in an area where you can provide it with all its care. That means it can be indoors or outdoors.

Outside the house you can keep it in a semi-shaded area so that it gets light but without the sun shining on it, because that would end up burning its leaves or even the flowers. Furthermore, the dry climate does not suit it at all (but we will talk about that a little later).

Inside, You can place it in an area where there is light, but with approximately 50% shade. The ideal thing when you have it inside the house is that you place it somewhere where you provide it with a constant temperature and humidity.

Regarding temperature, it likes a warm range. Talk later around 25-27ºC during the day, and not less than 18-20ºC at night. That is why it can be complicated to care for in areas where the temperature rises a lot during the day and drops at night. To avoid this, it can be kept indoors in a closed place (a glass cabinet, dome or similar), and outdoors, in a greenhouse.


Despite being an epiphytic plant, it is normal to have it in a pot. And the best soil for them is the one suitable for epiphytic plants. That is to say: dry branches, coconut fiber, coconut bark, moss, stones... You have to make sure that the substrate is as light and draining as possible so that the roots develop well while water does not accumulate and cause diseases.


Watering the jellyfish orchid must be moderate. It doesn't like you to water it more or less. Furthermore, it is not advisable to spray it with water because the only thing it will do is cause the leaf to rot due to accumulations of water, and if it is already in flower this is not convenient.

In fact, when it starts to bloom, experts recommend that watering be reduced so that it does not cause problems for the flowers.

Bulbophyllum medusae


An important point in the care of the jellyfish orchid is humidity. It requires high humidity, something that can be difficult to provide outdoors (also indoors, especially in summer). Therefore, it is advisable that you have a humidifier or that you place it in an area where controls that humidity does not drop below 60% minimum (ideally 70-80%).


The jellyfish orchid does appreciate being fertilized from time to time. Of course, only when it is beginning to flower; Afterwards it is better not to do it so as not to exhaust the plant.

The best fertilizer for this is the one specific for orchids. Yes we recommend that Add half the dose established in the bottle to avoid saturating it.

Plagues and diseases

The red spider, the mealybugs... There may be some pests that this orchid would face. As for diseases, the most important have to do with lighting (lack or excess) and irrigation.


Finally, we want to talk to you about the propagation of the jellyfish orchid. This multiplies through the division. Of course, it is very important that, when dividing, you always have plants with a minimum of three pseudobulbs attached to the rhizome. When the plant has less, it is much more likely that it will end up dying or that its development will be stopped and it will take too long to become active again.

Another way to propagate the plant, but much slower, is through seeds or seedlings. But as we tell you, it is a very slow process and sometimes without results.

The jellyfish orchid is an exotic and very beautiful plant. But in order for it to maintain that presence in your home, it is necessary to keep care in mind. Would you dare to have a plant of this type in your home?

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