Brassocattleya grow and care – orchid leaf plant of the genus Brassocattleya also known as Brassavola cattleya orchid, Brassocattleya perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean climate or in greenhouse or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11-12.
Leaves color green in in elliptic shape the leaf fleshy.
Flower color can be: purple, brown, red, pink, white, orange, yellow or green, the flower can be in more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless with five narrow linear petals and one in trumpet shape in the middle.
Induce blooming effects in different temperature between day and night (15C different) more cold at night and also short day, the bloom can last up 3 month.
Recommend temperature at day time 22C (71F) – 30C (85F) at night time 13C (55F) – 16C (60F), moist, change old soil, cork soil, bark or bark chip, transparent pot, pot in that will be fit (not too big) room temperature water, clean water (rain water), when change pot need to cut the dead root, need to cork before start to become compost and acid, recommend to use Styrofoam to give air for the root, drained soil, 50% humidity
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but really hard to start from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Need to change the pots and the roots grow once a year, better not to put it directly in big pot
Planting season: All year
Pests and diseases: Aphids, cattleya mite, spider mite
Pruning season: After bloom
How to prune: Old yellow leaves, after the bloom cut the stem
Size of the plant? 20-60 cm, 12-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Half Shade (full light)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: All year, but more in the autumn and the winter
General information about the flower: Flower color can be: purple, red, blue, brown, pink, white, orange, yellow or green, the flower can be in more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless