Brassanthe Maikai (3.5” pot neat blooming size)
New! Note: Photos are of the ‘Louise’ version originally awarded in 1987. We expect the results of this new version to be similar to previous versions, with subtle variations as these plants are seedlings and not clones. As soon as we flower one we will post the results. The original cross was registered in 1944 and was a favorite for decades but has essentially been unavailable for the past 20 years or so. This remake pairs Brassovola nodosa ‘Susan Fuchs’ FCC/AOS with Guarianthe bowringiana forma coerulea for a slight twist on the original version. The former is known for its large size and good flower count and very full lip, while the violet blue form of the latter species often serves to intensify the color when paired with non-coerulea colored orchids. We expect these to flower twice per year, with peak blooming in late fall to winter, and scattered blooms at other times. Our two photos of the ‘Louise’ form were taken in December and June, with the more intense coloring showing up in the cooler months. They were delightfully fragrant flowers so that is our expectation in this new batch as well. First flowering should occur within the next 12 months with good care. Like all hybrids that feature Brassavola nodosa in their family tree, this orchid appreciates good light and excellent drainage. As plants grow out of their current pots, we recommend using larger media and if you grow in a controlled environment or summer your plants outdoors in heat and humidity, then a basket is a great choice. Note: Do not immediately repot your plant upon receipt. Step up only once new growth is hanging over the edge of the pot and beginning to produce new roots. Don’t overpot or you will likely delay flowering of your plant as they will bloom best when their root system is somewhat cramped.
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