Brassia orchids have spidery flowers, which are most unusual and make an attractive showing despite 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.
BRASSIA ORCHID CARE
Brassia Orchids 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.
The spring and summer months require more frequent watering. Do not let the brassia orchid become totally dry.
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.
Brassia Orchids like when there’s 50-80% humidity is best. However, most varieties will tolerate lower humidity.
Brassia will grow well under normal house conditions of 62-64 degrees at night and 68-80 degrees in the daytime.
Potting BRASSIA ORCHIDS
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.
OTHER ORCHID SUGGESTIONS
PAPHIOPEDILUM ORCHIDS – Paphiopedilums or “paphs” are very easy to grow. They remain compact in their growth habit and have attractive foliage with long-lasting flowers in a wide range of colors. Although classed as terrestrials, they do not really grow in the ground. Rather, they grow in a layer of decaying vegetation found on the forest floor. It is helpful to know where an orchid grows in nature to more easily duplicate these conditions in our home or greenhouse. Shop City Floral Garden Center in Denver, CO, for the best orchid selection!
CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS – Cymbidium flowers last for several months, and they typically bloom early in the year to brighten a winter day. They are hardy enough to withstand a few degrees of frost. Cymbidiums are grown outdoors in many parts of the country. Cymbidium orchids have an oriental look with their grass-like leaves and the flowers high above the foliage. Flowers have excellent, lasting qualities and come in every color but blue.
VANILLA ORCHIDS – The Vanilla Orchid is grown for curiosity more than the flower. The fleshy green leaves grow in a zig-zag pattern clinging to the bark by aerial roots formed by each leaf node. The plant can climb up to 30 feet tall when it then produces the flower and the seed pods. The blooms are yellow-green with a yellow-orange labellum resembling the Cattleya flower. Since the Vanilla is vining, a stake or trellis should be used for support.