This small naturally occurring genus of evergreen epiphytic plants, which includes the West Indies, is from Central and South America. Only a few of the 25 species are grown, and there aren’t many hybrids. By using odontoglossums and other members of this alliance in intergeneric breeding, several surprising results have been attained. Large, dramatic flowers with gentle colorings are frequently the outcome, as shown in the hybrid.genus Maclellanara, which combines Brassia with Odontoglossum and Oncidium.
The species are characterized by the extremely long and narrow petals and sepals, which give rise to the common name of spider orchids. The main colourings are light green and brown. The plants have oval, green pseudobulbs and usually two, though occasionally one, mid-green leaves. The flower spikes appear from the base of the leading pseudobulb in spring and carry up to a dozen flowers on two distinct planes, on arching spikes well above the foliage. The flowering time is early summer, and the flowers, which are wonderfully scented, will last for four to five weeks.
Brassias do well in the company of odontoglossums or in a mixed collection. The plants can be divided when they are large enough, and propagation is from back bulbs.
a species of epiphytic orchid that is indigenous to Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. This huge species grows warm to cool on tree trunks and larger branches in open, humid, evergreen to semi-deciduous cloud forests at elevations of 900 to
2400m (3000-7900 feet) (3000-7900 feet).
Houseplant care for orchids
Brassia verrucosa thrive in warm to hot climate.
cool growing orchid. The ideal temperature range over the course of the year is 15–23C (59–73F) during the day and 10-15C (50–59F) at night. Stand containers on moist pebble trays or dangle water-filled saucers below plants in hanging baskets or growing epiphytically on supports when the temperature is above 23C (73F) for more than two or three days at a time. Moreover, mist spray the leaves every day. Additionally, it’s critical to have good airflow: a void
No orchids should be exposed to draughts; the flow should be moist and mild.
Brassia verrucosa that is actively growing should be moderately watered, providing enough to
At each watering, fully saturate the potting mixture, but wait until about two-thirds of it has dried out before watering again. Encourage these plants to rest for a brief period after flowering has finished (about
thirty days). Give only enough water during this rest period to prevent the mixture from drying out completely or the pseudobulbs from shrivelling. Although these orchids prefer high humidity and damp potting soil, they cannot stand having their feet wet. Never let the root zone get too wet.
Feeding.Give all orchids that are currently growing Foliar feed every third or fourth watering, half strength For flowering and optimum growth, feeding is essential. Use fertiliser at half strength at all times as Brassia verrucosa’s roots, like those of most orchids, are susceptible to salt accumulation from fertiliser.
then thoroughly rinse the pot after watering.
All types of potting and repotting
The mixes suggested for orchids will work. A straightforward wooden support can be used to epiphytically grow Brassia verrucosa. Every two or three years, or anytime extra space is needed for new pseudobulbs, repot Brassia verrucosa plants into a container that is two sizes larger. Spring is the ideal season for repotting these orchids. To minimise root damage, immerse the orchids’ container in warm water for 10 minutes to soften the roots and make them simpler to remove from the pot.