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Brassavola

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Brassavola. You will also find all the Brassavola species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Brassavola is dedicated to the Venetian nobleman and doctor Antonio Misa Brassavola by the Scottish botanist Robert Brown in 1813.

Features and origin

Brassavola is a gender with 20 species spread all over the lowlands of Central-America and tropical South-America. They are epyphites, and some are lithophytes.
This orchid produces one white or green-white flower, or a branch of a couple of flowers. The 3 sepals and 2 petals are green, narrow and long. The base of the wide lip is partially wrapped around the gynostemium. Most of the Brassavola have a strong, nice, citrus-like scent. However, they only do this in the evenings and nights to attract the right kind of moths. Furthermore the gender Brassavola distinguishes itself by the construction of one leaf, that grows out of a cylindrical pseudobulb. In 1698, the Brassavola nodosa was the first tropical orchid brought to the Netherlands out of the area of origin Curacao. The global spread of this gender as greenhouse plant and later as indoor plant started at the botanical gardens of the universities that started to cultivate the plants. It was this orchid that first poked the interest for orchids from the enthusiasts.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Brassavola on a light place, where it has protection against extreme direct sunlight in the summer. The Brassavola may also be kept outside during summer.
During winter, the Brassavola is allowed to be exposed to sunlight completely.

Temperature

Keep the temperature in between around 12,5℃ and 30℃ in summer. In winter, a temperature of about 18℃ is recommended.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 50-80%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

During winter, the Brassavola may be kept quite dry. Never let the plany dry out completely and make sure the pseudobulbs don’t shrink. Keep the Brassavola evenly humid by misting 1-2 times a week on the soil. In summer, the Brassavola can be given more water. However, it is recommended to let the Brassavola dry a bit before watering again.

Fertilizer

Fertilize lightly every two weeks in spring.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Brassavola. Normally, the sunlight provides the Brassavola with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Brassavola to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

The Brassavola requires to be repotted every 12-24 months in rough bark fraction 4. For an even better result, the soil may be sifted when repotting.
After doing this, the roots wil dry faster. Also, this plant likes a light soil.