Brassolaeliocattleya grow and care – orchid leaf plant of the genus Brassolaeliocattleya also known as Brassavola Laelia cattleya orchid, Brassolaeliocattleya perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant for flowers, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean climate or in greenhouse or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 11-12.
Leaves color green in in oval shape the leaf fleshy.
Requirements for Brassolaeliocattleya growing and care:
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 pot / planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, much better to grow in in pot, better to choose transparent pot in order to see that condition of the roots, the pot need to be 20-40% bigger than the root ball, bigger the root ball smaller the percentage, every time that the plant arrive to full capacity of the container need to switch soil, if not arrive to the container size and pass 2 year need to switch the soil, over time the soil lose the viability, important to make enough holes in the pot for good drainage, better to use as soil bark chip or cork soil possible to styrofoam for better drainage, need to put few times a year fertilizer and use distilled water or rain water.
Bloom season: All year, but more in the autumn and the winter
General information about the flower: Flower color can be: purple, red, brown, pink, white, orange, yellow green, the flower can be in more than one color it can be stripes, dots or shapeless