The orchid is easy to take care of, and blooms for a long time. The orchid may well bloom two to three times a year! So you can enjoy the magical flowers even longer. Put the orchid in a bright spot, but away from direct sunlight. Don't water the plant until the potting soil feels dry to the touch.
For a floral touch!
Estimated delivery time 5-7 working days
|Latin name:||x Bratonia 'Toscane'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||Yes|
|Growing Height:||60 - 100 cm|
This spider orchid comes in a nursery pot. Stand it indoors in a light spot but not in full sun. The ideal temperature for Bratonia is between 18 and 22° C.
Keep the roots on your spider orchid moistened regularly, preferably using lukewarm (rain)water or other lime free water. This plant requires frequent watering in the summer - soak in a bucket of lukewarm rainwater now and then for best results. Add some plant food to the water once a month too - use fertiliser for flowering plants, or a tomato feed high in potassium. Spray regularly to increase the humidity. When flowering is over, cut the stems out. Each pseudobulb flowers once only and then forms at least one more pseudobulb.
This plant can be potted up in to a larger pot if it outgrows the one it is in. This would then be the time to divide your Bratonia, but you must leave at least 3 pseudobulbs in each new pot. Use a sharp knife to divide it up and plant in nice airy orchid potting compost.
A spider orchid will grow new pseudobulbs, usually in the autumn. If you see them appear you will know your plant is still in growth. Once they are mature and feel quite firm, the plant will need a dormant period of about 8 weeks. Put the plant in a cooler spot (about 16°C), water sparingly (only once a fortnight) and do not feed. Don't allow it to dry out completely. New buds will grow during this dormant period, after which you can bring your Bratonia back into a warm room, water more often and start feeding it again.
The beautifully marked flowers of the spider orchid spread a delicious scent. This is a fairly easy houseplant to look after that will deservedly receive many compliments.
Orchid x Bratonia is a hybrid, not found growing naturally in the wild. It's a cross between Miltonia favescens x Brassia longissima. These 'parent' plants originally grew in the branches of trees, and in split rocks, high in the rainforests of South America. It attaches firmly to bark and even rocks just by the aerial roots. The aerial roots collect water from rain and morning dew. This type of orchid needs a really moist soil because the roots in the pot are actually aerial roots.