Brassia orchids have spidery flowers which are most unusual and make an attractive showing in spite of their lack of richness of color. The sepals and petals are attenuated, giving the appearance of spider legs and the lip is indeed shaped like the body of a spider. There are about 30 species and all are easy to grow with a mixed collection of orchids. They require abundant water during the growing season and must never be allowed to dry out.
TEMPERATURE – Brassia will grow well under normal house conditions of 62-64 degrees at night and 68-80 degrees in the daytime.
LIGHT – Although these plants are somewhat variable in their light requirements, most do well with 200-300 foot-candles or an east window. Brassia does well under artificial lights, 6-8 feet away.
WATERING – The spring and summer months require more frequent waterings. Do not let the plant become totally dry.
FEEDING – We recommend a half-strength solution of 30-10-10 fertilizer with each watering during the growing season (spring and summer). This can be reduced to once every second or third watering in fall and winter.
HUMIDITY – 50-80% humidity is best, however, most varieties will tolerate lower humidity.
POTTING – If your Brassia is potted in one of the bark mixes, we generally recommend repotting once a year. If the potting material is still firm and the plant not overgrown after one year, you may hold off potting for an additional year. The best time to repot is when the new growth appears, usually right after blooming.