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Brassia are part of the Orchidaceae family and their native range is S. Florida, Mexico to Tropical America. This particular plant is a cultivar of a Brassia and an Oncidium, the ‘gx’ means Grex, a term used to describe a mixture of varieties growing together and encouraged to cross-pollinate. The seeds from those crosses are grown out again and again. Instead of crossing two parents to create offspring, the breeder crosses dozens. The word Grex comes from the Latin meaning 'flock'.
Brassidium are sympodial orchids with new growth emerging from the pseudobulb, they are often called ‘Spider Orchids’ due to the shape of the flowers and based on their pollination characteristics. Flowers have a spreading shape with 5 elongated sepals which are a light yellow-green with splashes of deep plum, their scent is said to be pleasant and somewhat spicy.
Genus name was given by Robert Brown when he introduced the genus in 1813 in honour of William Brass, Esq., a botanical illustrator who collected plants for Sir Joseph Banks in Guinea and South Africa.
Pot: ø 12cm.
Height: Approximately 60cm from base of pot.
Spike: 1 Branch.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, by reflected sun or through a skylight. 2-3 hours of direct sun is tolerable.
It is also worth considering how bright a particular spot is in winter vs summer; direct sunlight at noon in the summer could burn leaves.
Water: Water with lukewarm water when the about ¾ potting mix is dry; if the plant is particularly dehydrated its pseudobulb will wrinkle and leaves may develop an accordion appearance.
Potting mix: Ideally pot in a chunky mix made up of pine bark, sphagnum moss and some horticultural charcoal.
Fertilising: Feed monthly using a well balanced fertiliser. You can further dilute fertiliser than the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: 21-24˚C. Provide night temperatures of 12-18˚C for 2-4 weeks when the plant has stopped flowering to encourage new flower spikes.
Humidity: Although Brassidium prefers higher humidity they do well to adapt to average home humidity.
Blooming information: When your flowers are spent, cut the spike to the base, Brassidium don’t branch out or produce keikis like Phalaenopsis, they produce a new pseudobulb from the old pseudobulb. Don’t remove the old pseudobulbs as they are a water and nutrient store for the plant.
The plant is growing during spring and summer, when the temperature drops in autumn/winter it begins to initiate growth of a flower spike. This can vary as commercial greenhouses use temperature to ensure plants are in bloom when purchased so just bear with your plant if it has a dormant year.
Brassidium are non-toxic.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.